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Are under pressure doctors’ surgeries striking off the most vulnerable patients?

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Thousands of patients are being deregistered by their local doctors’ surgeries, due to a lack of GPs who cannot cope with rising demand.

This ‘recruitment crisis’ among GPs means that Britain is short of approximately 8000 family doctors, and surgeries have had no choice but to restrict their geographical care boundaries and deregister patients.

Many of the patients being deregistered are elderly, and have visited the same surgery all their lives. It has also been claimed that it is the most vulnerable or most ‘difficult’ patients that are being struck from registers. Read the rest of this entry

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Britain’s Richest 1% as Wealthy as Poorest 55% of Population

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According to a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Britain’s richest 1% have as much wealth as the poorest 55% of the population put together. This analysis includes wealth in terms of property, pensions and financial assets.

Inequality between the north-south divide has also worsened, with household wealth in the south-east rising five times faster than the rest of the country. The average wealth of households in the south-east rose 30% from 2006-8 to the end of 2012, whereas the average rise in England was only 6%.

In addition, the north-east was the only region where average household wealth actually fell.

The report states that the situation is likely to have worsened due to an 18% rise in house prices over the past year in the south-east. In addition, a rush to save among richer households during the recession boosted the nation’s total wealth, with the top 10% owning 44% of the household wealth, and the poorest 50% of the country owning only 9%.

A recent report from Oxfam also showed that five billionaire families own the same wealth as 20% of the population. Read the rest of this entry