Shocking data reported in The Times last week, revealed that almost half a million patients had to move from their usual GP surgery last year due to closure of surgeries.

Reporting data published by Pulse magazine, the newspaper observed that, over the past five years, this highly-disruptive situation has affected over one million patients.

Not only does such a move break the patient’s continuity of care which is generally regarded as fundamental to good patient management, but it also puts increasing pressure on those remaining GP surgeries which have to absorb the additional patients.

The Times further noted that, despite the Health Secretary’s pledge to recruit 5000 extra GPs by 2020, an additional 1,000 GPs had, in fact, abandoned their practice.

It is occurrences such as these that lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment, missed communication and failure to follow-up vital issues.

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