The variation in the availability of GPs in different parts of England is shocking, doctors’ leaders say.

A BBC analysis has found close to a threefold difference between the areas with the most and fewest doctors.

In one area – Swale in Kent – there is only one GP for every 3,300 patients, while in Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire it is just under one for every 1,200.

The Royal College of GPs said the shortages put care at risk,

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