A major Pulse investigation into GP surgery closures has been picked up across the national press.

Lost practices

A major Pulse investigation has revealed that 474 GP surgeries across the UK have closed in the past nine years without being replaced, with small practices on lower funding in more deprived areas most likely to be affected.

Pulse’s Lost Practices investigation – which will run throughout this week and next – examined for the first time the number of GP surgeries that have closed for good, the reasons behind the closures and the effect on the 1.5m patients that have been displaced.

It found that the final straw for the majority of practices that have closed for good have tended to be recruitment issues, although CQC ratings and the ending of APMS contracts were major factors too.

The story on lost practices was covered by the Times, the Telegraph, ITV news, the Daily Mail, Channel 5 News, the Daily Express and the Sun. Pulse Editor Jaimie Kaffash was also on LBC Radio on Tuesday 30th August to discuss the findings.

An exclusive Pulse story on the NHS 111 outage was also picked up by the national media last month.