Pulse in the Press: How practices are closing in record numbers

Press Release

A major Pulse investigation, revealing that surgery closures have risen almost eight-fold in six years, hitting record levels in 2018, has appeared across the nationals front pages today.

Nearly two million patients have been affected by surgery closures across the UK – including full practice closures, branch closures and surgeries that closed following a merger – since 2013.

Figures obtained by Pulse showed that almost 140 surgeries closed last year, estimated to affect a record half a million patients – more closures than in any previous year and almost eight times the number seen in 2013.

The investigation has appeared on the front page of The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, I, Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Mirror and The Sun. Plus, Editor Jaimie Kaffash appeared on LBC with Nick Ferrari and Talk Radio this morning to discuss the findings and the problems with GP recruitment, and will be on Radio 2 later today.