Surgery sessions

Q: I work at a practice with 6,000 patients. It was a three-partner surgery but now there is only one GP principal and two long-term locums - I am one of them. The principal often does not approve extra locum cover when one of us is absent. We used to offer 25 clinical sessions a week. Now we have only 23 and some weeks, just 20. This means increased pressure from patients. Is a minimum level of cover defined anywhere?

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