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England’s unfolding GP crisis

Medical crises are supposed to play out in A&E. But the one to watch just now is taking place in the surgery of your family doctor

By Jo Glanville and Tom Clark  

Illustration by Priya Mistry

Mike Hardman was the only GP seeing patients on the day that Prospect met him at his surgery in the small Yorkshire town of Bridlington. The “locum,” as medics call freelance stand-ins, had called in sick. Hardman’s fellow doctors were on holiday or not on duty.

Based in an unremarkable 1970s brick building, not far from the train station, the practice has just three part-time GPs, where once there were at least four full-time doctors. Yet despite being over-stretched, Hardman no longer advertises…

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