One in five London practices could close, warn LMCs

Almost one million people in London could lose their GP in the next three years, an LMC survey of GP practices in the capital has shown.

Londonwide LMCs, which received responses from 644 of London’s 1,330 GP practices, found that one in five (20%) cannot rule out handing back their contracts.

Out of these, 19 practices – which together cover 116,491 patients – said they are planning closure within the next three years, while a further 20 practices said they were considering closing within three years.

The number of patients who face losing their GP rises to over 900,000 when those respondents who said they ‘could not rule it out’ were included, according to Londonwide LMCs calculations.


Full story in Pulse 15 February 2016