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GP surgeries “unfit for purpose” says BMA

17 July 2014

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The British Medical Association (BMA) says many GP surgeries are “unfit for purpose”, so patients are not getting the level of care they require.

Derelict surgery buildings are “undermining” care and stopping patients from accessing these services, according to the BMA.

Chair of the BMA’s general practitioners committee, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: “Far too many practices have seen no real investment in their buildings in the past ten years, leaving them in cramped, unsuitable conditions that are hindering the ability of many to even offer basic general practice services.”

Nagpaul, who is one of the UK’s top GPs, pointed that many of problems are due to a “lack of resources”.

“Practices also reported being prevented from relocating to more suitable premises because of a lack of resources,” he said.