Over 1,500 patients left without a GP after practice closures

More than 1,500 patients have been left without a GP after two practices in Leicester closed earlier this year.

Maples Surgery closed in February, and the Queen’s Road Medical Centre shut on 31 March with patients urged to re-register at other practices before then.

However, around 700 of Maples Surgery’s patients and 855 from Queen’s Road Medical Centre have not yet done so.

Local commissioners have said that practices are having issues with capacity.

This comes after Pulse revealed that 200,000 patients were forced to move surgeries due to practice closures and mergers last year, while GP leaders have previously warned about the problems neighbouring practices have with capacity when a local practice closes.

Full story in Pulse 8 April 2016