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Dover and Deal facing NHS crisis with over 24% of GP's approaching retirement

June 5, 2017 11:07 PM

NHS LogoLiberal Democrats in Dover and Deal have expressed concern at recent figures published by the Health Service Journal showing the number of GP's in Kent over 55 is as high as 24.2%, the highest in the country.

With more doctors leaving the NHS than joining it, fears are spreading that Kent could fall into crisis with older GP's approaching retirement age as demand for services increases.

Simon Dodd, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Dover said:

"These figures are deeply concerning when you take into consideration our aging population and the pressure the NHS is already under.

The Government has run down the NHS and need to do more to encourage people to take up a career in healthcare but many are being put off, with almost half of junior doctors leaving the NHS after two years on the job training.

With many GP's approaching the age of retirement, there is real concern that Dover and Deal could be plunged into a public health crisis."

Liberal Democrats have committed to introduce a 1p tax on income that would directly benefit the NHS and social care, raising £6bn a year.