BMA Cymru Wales finds that over the past 10 years:
For dispensing practices, which comprise 17 per cent of all Welsh GPs (England: 14 per cent; Scotland 10 per cent) you can add the pressure of increased demand for NHS dispensing services following recent high profile pharmacy closures, as well as decreasing dispensing profitability.
To put numbers to the headline findings, in Wales:
According to the BMA Wales, GPs are considering drastic measures to mitigate the challenges, including stopping recruitment and reducing staff hours. Almost one in five (18 per cent) Welsh practices have already closed, simply redirecting a growing elderly population into the fewer GP practices that still exist.
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