Following the recent round of funding cuts for PMS practices in Sheffield it is likely that this will eventually result in the closure of some of the smaller practices .
GP leaders have been warning that many practices are on the brink of closure. More than 160,000 patients across the UK were displaced as a result of their practice closing in just two years.This is not only distressing for patients, but also piles the pressure on neighbouring practices, which are often forced to take on additional patients. GP leaders say they expect the number of closures to climb further over the next year. There are signs NHS managers are finally starting to listen but this will come too late to help the thousands of patients whose practices have already closed. Many practices are on the brink of collapse, while others may not be closing, but are significantly reducing the level of services they can offer. There needs to be a national, proactive approach to support general practice .