Petition launch to fight GP cuts

MP Yvette Cooper with doctors and LMC members at  Friarwood Surgery,  launching a petition aginst �3.8m of cuts to the budgets of GP surgeries. (p603a442)
MP Yvette Cooper with doctors and LMC members at Friarwood Surgery, launching a petition aginst �3.8m of cuts to the budgets of GP surgeries. (p603a442)
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Patients are being urged to fight proposed cuts of £3.8m from doctors’ surgeries across the south east.

MPs from across the district, GPs and the Wakefield Local Medical Council have launched a petition against the reduction in NHS England funding, which would see the money taken away from 34 surgeries in the district over a three-year period from April 2015.

The money is the equivalent of 38 full-time doctors or 95 full-time practice nurses.

The NHS has said the money will not be taken out of the district and will be reinvested in other ways.

But Mr Trickett said: “Whatever way this is dressed up by the government, GP practices in my constituency will face a reduction in their budgets with some of the smaller ones fearing threat of closure. GPs and patients say they are really concerned about the impact this will have on staffing levels and the provision of services from their local surgery. All this comes at a time when I am being told by constituents that they are experiencing longer waiting times to see their GPs.”

A spokesman for NHS England West Yorkshire said: “We have previously agreed with the LMC how to take forward this review. It is important to stress that funds generated by changes to these contracts will be reinvested into general practice within the Wakefield CCG area.”

Mr Trickett said: “Every surgery in my constituency will be affected. I was speaking to an elderly gentleman only this week who wanted me to remind the Prime Minister of his phrase in 2010, which rings very hollow now: ‘The NHS is safe in our hands’. I encourage everyone to become involved in this campaign. Help us send a very strong message to the government – keep your hands off our GP.”

Call 01977 655695 or visit www.jontrickett.org.uk to sign the petition or visit your local GP surgery.