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Ex-BMA Wales chief says no current GP crisis

The "crisis" facing GP services in parts of Wales is "getting worse" with more practices than ever facing an uncertain future, say doctors' leaders.

It comes as figures suggest a big spike in the number of GP practices being handed back to health authorities.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said GPs "can't simply carry on working under the stresses and strains they're facing".

A senior health official acknowledged a greater pace of change was needed.

Back in 2013, Dr Richard Lewis warned of an impending crisis in recruitment when he was secretary of the BMA in Wales.

But now, as professional lead in primary care for the Welsh Government, he is spearheading changes to tackle the challenges and does not believe the service is currently in crisis.

  • 08 Sep 2016
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