Dr Jackie Applebee, GP in Tower Hamlets and Chair of Tower Hamlets LMC
Great to hear that people are organising! We have been trying to push outwards with the East London Save Our Surgeries campaign. Would be great if we could work together. Our campaign managed to get reprieve money for practices who were losing more than £3 per patient due to MPIG and our CCG is now being allowed to use its delegated powers to support other practices. United we are much stronger, how do we get in touch?
Medical Practitioners Union, Unite still has a core of committed doctors who are strenuous campaigners to save the NHS and who argue for radical solutions. Join us, the more there are of us the more you will hear from us. We are hosting a conference in Unite House, London, on 17th October from 11-4 to bring together progressive doctors, whether they are Unite members or not. Come along.
In East London we have indeed stood together to defend General Practice. This is not about what London wants it is about what General Practice needs. Lets not fight amongst ourselves for the crumbs under the table. General Practice is struggling to keep going all over the country, deprivation is one factor but there are many others. We need to unite and demand that General Practice, and in fact the NHS, is funded properly wherever we are. We made a noise in East London because that is what you have to do to get anything changed. Would be great if the rest of the country joined in and made the noise deafening. United we are much stronger, lets not make this about winners and losers.
If all practices did what Jubilee Street have done and can show that they are losing more than they had been led to believe it would add to the argument that General Practice, across the board, is underfunded. Don't start from the point that it is impossible to get the money out of them. Start from the point that you want to work out if there is any discrepancy. I believe that Tower Hamlets is the canary in the mine/ tip of the iceberg or whatever analogy you wish to use!
I am very involved in the Save Our Surgeries campaign in East London. We would love to hear from Cambridgeshire LMC. We totally agree that the offer made by NHSE to mitigate the effects of MPIG withdrawal is totally inadequate and only a sticking plaster. Our campaign will continue. We are very keen to work with GPs from outside East London, whatever the type of financial pressure they face, we know that loss of MPIG is only one factor which is driving General Practice onto it's knees. Let's unite together, with our patients, and fight for fairer funding for all.