MORE than 200 GP surgeries across England have closed or merged in the last year according to new figures released yesterday.
NHS Digital revealed that eight new practices opened while a staggering 202 closed or merged together.
The north of England was particularly hit with over 60 closures while more than 50 shut across the south east of the country.
Royal College of GPs chairwoman Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “When practices are being forced to close because GPs and their teams can no longer cope with ever-growing patient demand without the necessary funding and resources, it’s a huge problem.”
She urged for the pledges laid out in NHS England’s GP Forward Review — a list of measures to deliver a more responsive NHS — including £2.4 billion extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs by 2020 to be implemented immediately.