The scheme comes after Pulse revealed that GP surgery closures have reached a three-year high, with 200, 000 patients displaced in 2015.
The launch of the scheme marks a partial victory for Pulse’s Stop Practice Closures campaign; two years ago NHS managers had said that closures ‘happen all the time’ and were nothing to worry about.
But GP leaders are saying the scheme is too little, too late and is only targeted at the most-affected when many other practices are also struggling.
Also in this month’s issue of Pulse, we looks at why so many GPs aged under 50 years are leaving the profession and why Copperfield thinks seeing a GP ‘is no longer safe’.
To see the issue online click here.