Every GP surgery in a town is planning to close their lists to new patients, claiming they are unsafe.
All seven practices in Folkestone, Kent – which cover 16,000 patients – have applied to NHS bosses to suspend new registrations indefinitely.
The move comes a week after almost half of GPs in England said they were prepared to close their lists on mass in protest against a lack of Government funding.
The doctors’ union, the British Medical Association, is now considering whether to call on all doctors to suspend their lists.
Surgeries in Folkestone have applied to close their lists independently as they are collectively short of 16 GPs and cannot cope with the rising demand, Pulse magazine reported.