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Royal College of GPs warn profession could reach ‘breaking point’

British Medical Association say government pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 within three years is ‘unachievable’

A government pledge to increase GP numbers by 5,000 within three years is falling short amid fears the profession “could reach breaking point”, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned.

The RCGP’s annual report on plans to improve GP services in England raises concern that many doctors are yet to observe significant changes in GP numbers under the recruitment drive, with GP numbers having fallen since September 2016.

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