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BMA Map Reveals Scores Of Struggling GP Practices Across Wales

A map issued by the British Medical Association (BMA) in Wales has revealed tens of struggling GP practices in Wales.

The new figures shows more than 60,000 patients in Gwent are registered with GP practices classed as ‘at risk’. Practices have submitted sustainability applications to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (UHB), seeking help or advice.

The latest figures shows five practices across the country that have closed, Eighteen that are health board managed, Twenty-nine that are classed at risk and have submitted sustainability applications to Health Boards and a further Twenty-nine also claim to be at risk despite not having submitted their applications yet.

The data was collected between October 2015 and April 2017 via Local Medical Committees (LMC) and reports from the Exeter database.

Charlotte Jones, the Chair of BMA Cymru Wales’s GP Committee said that the number of at-risk practices changes on a regular basis, but it is clear to see the number has increased.

She said the figures are a serious concern and reflects the pressures facing practices, which vary considerably across Wales. General Practitioners Committee (GPC) Wales inspires struggling practices to seek help early on by contacting their Local Medical Committees for support and professional suggestion, as well as completing the sustainability assessment framework to allow practices to take a comprehensive view of their present position.

The situation in Wales reflects the pressures faced by the wider system in the UK, with Scottish GPs currently reporting one in four vacant positions, for example – most of which have been vacant for more than six months.

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