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RCGP: More than 700 UK practices could close in the next five years

Friday 28th September 2018

As many as 762 practices across the UK could be forced to close over the next five years as their GPs are approaching retirement, the RCGP has said.
 
Three-quarters of the practices’ GPs are aged over 55 and will soon retire, according to a new RCGP analysis published today.
 
Around 625 practices in England, 71 in Scotland, 37 in Wales and 29 in Northern Ireland will be affected, according to the RCGP analysis, which is based on NHS Digital data....

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