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Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

There are more doctors, but fewer are choosing to work full time, says the Royal College of GPs.

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Family doctor shortage 'likely to affect Cumbrian healthcare'

There are warnings that Cumbria's aging population will suffer because of a national shortage of GPs.

Research by the Nuffield Trust for the BBC has found that the NHS is seeing the first sustained fall in GP numbers per head of population for nearly 50 years.

Dr Billy Palmer, from the think tank, says that since 2014 numbers per head have fallen each year, and are now at 60 per 100,000 people.

In areas like Cumbria, where you have a rural population and ageing population, you'd certainly expect there to be an increasing number of GPs to meet that additional demand. And without that, you might expect to have longer waits to see your GP or perhaps an inability to see your preferred GP, which obviously affects the experience that people will have."

Dr Billy PalmerNuffield Trust
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