Folkestone GP practices apply to close lists amid safety fears

From BBC - September 11, 2017

Seven out of eight GP practices in a Kent seaside town are planning to close their lists to new patients over safety fears.

The Folkestone practices have said that amid a GP shortage, taking on any more patients would put people at risk.

The group said the situation has become more acute with the imminent closure of a practice with 4,500 patients.

Dr Quasim Mahmood, of the Hawkinge and Eltham Valley GP practice, said it was "not an easy decision".

The practice already has more than 9,000 patients.

Dr Mahmood said: "This is the last thing we want to do but we are concerned that if any more pressure is put on us we will not be able to provide a service."

'Important negotiation'

The Folkestone East Family Practice is closing on 1 November after it failed to recruit enough doctors to stay open.


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