Prominent family practitioners are warning of an impending crisis in GP surgeries as the number of doctors leaving their jobs continues to greatly outstrip newcomers to the crucial role in our health provision.
In an open letter sent to this newspaper, the GPs say that the gap between retention and recruitment rates has reached an alarming level.
And, given that it takes around a decade to train a GP, they are adamant that only addressing this situation urgently will avoid serious problems for patients.
For most of us, GPs remain our frontline health service providers and we should also be alarmed by the prospect of not being able to see a family doctor when we need to because there aren’t enough of them.
A general election is around the corner and we would urge all political parties to ensure finding a solution to this frightening problem is at the top of their list of promises regarding our health services.