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Hundreds of villages lose their GP surgery as crisis grows across the country



H have lost their GP surgery amid a deepening crisis across the country, and investigation reveals.

Experts said rural and coastal areas were hit particularly hard by a national shortage of family doctors, forcing elderly and vulnerable patients

The figures reveal 1,946 cases which are at least three miles from the nearest GP practice – more than two years ago.

They include 206 areas where patients are forced to travel at least five miles – at 12 per cent increase on 2017 – with distances of up to 14 miles in some parts of the countryside.

GPs said a shortage of more than 5,000 family doctors, with a sharp rise in …


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