Menu & Search

A freedom of information request by the BBC found that at least 100 surgeries applied to NHS England to stop accepting new patients in 2014/15.

At the beginning of November 2015 there were 299 surgeries on the NHS choices website that said they weren’t taking on any new patients.

NHS England said: “When we receive a request to close a GP practice list, we consider both the impact on patients as well as on neighbouring practices and services to avoid displacing a problem elsewhere.”

The British Medical Association (BMA) said that many surgeries were at “breaking point” as they struggle to fill staff vacancies.

The BBC learned that among 8,000 practices in England some were offering a bonus of up to £10,000 to attract new doctors.

Ranworth Surgery, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was recently offering a bonus of £9,500 after failing to attract applicants for the position.

The surgery closed its list to new patients after it reached 9,000, which it deemed unsafe.

The BBC’s analysis of the freedom of information data suggests that 46% of the 100 surgeries that applied to have their lists closed were denied permission, or withdrew their request.

The news comes as the NHS urge people to think twice about going to A&E. Evidence suggests that long weekends tend to result in a peak in demand for emergency services.

Experts believe that as people are unable to access community services, such as GP surgeries, they end up struggling through long weekends before eventually attending A&E.

A pilot study in England found that extending GP opening times reduced minor A&E visits by 15%, according to the Department of Health.

Last year saw the NHS negligence claim bill top £1bn, and findings such as these will not be reassuring to those who will be trying to reduce this cost in the future.

Start Your Claim Today Call 01904 556600
Tell us about your case

Just send us a little bit about yourself and your claim and we will respond within 24 hours.


Get In Touch
Latest News

NHS Cancer Treatment Waiting Times Worst on Record

Over halfway through the year, new figures show that 133,843 cancer patients have not been treated within the relevant standards. NHS cancer treatment waiting […]

Read More

Diabetes Prescriptions Cost the NHS More than £1bn A Year

Diabetes prescriptions are costing the NHS in England more than £1 billion a year, according to new figures from NHS Digital, up by almost […]

Read More

Health Secretary Details ‘Prevention’ Plan to Tackle NHS Issues

People must take more responsibility for managing their own health, the health minister has said, as he launched the latest NHS long-term strategy. The […]

Read More

Take a look back through our complete news archive

Follow us on Twitter

This month at Pryers we are supporting Children In Need. They provide funding to projects which help disadvantaged children. You can join us in supporting this wonderful charity this #GivingTuesday by donating here https://t.co/Cky3XLagBS

We're hiring! Pryers is looking for an experienced clinical negligence solicitor or FCILEx member to join our friendly team. Want to work with us? Apply here;
https://t.co/G3rrYxzXQK

Load More...