Practices to lose 620,000 patients

Practices near polyclinics could lose a quarter of their patients to the new GP-led health centres, a Conservative analysis suggests.

Dr Richard Vautrey
Dr Richard Vautrey

By compiling figures from PCTs, the party has found that 1,557 practices in England stand to lose over 620,000 patients between them. On average, they will lose 25 per cent of their list.

For practices in London, that number rises to 30 per cent.

GP revealed exclusively last week that practices were facing the loss of a quarter of their patients.

The party also slammed ‘Labour hypocrisy’, for cutting the MPIG, while guaranteeing income for the new polyclinics.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey called on the government to redirect investment to existing practices.

He added that PCTs were being ‘forced to site new surgeries where they have buildings rather than where they are needed’ - something also revealed by last week’s GP.

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