More than half of GPs want to close their surgery lists to new patients, a survey has found.
A total of 54 per cent of senior family doctors said they would be willing to temporarily suspend registrations.
They claim the drastic measures would enable to focus their attention on providing safe care to those patients already on their list.
Some 1,870 senior or ‘partner’ GPs took part in the survey which was undertaken by the British Medical Association, the doctors’ union.
The BMA will now decide whether to call on all family doctors to temporarily close surgery lists as a show of protest against the Government.