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GPs to march over funding cuts

GPs and patients in east London will go on a march this Thursday to protest against budget cuts for practices in deprived areas.

The ‘Save Our Surgeries’ march will start at 2.30pm at the St Katherines Dock Practice, near Tower Bridge, and finish at 6.10pm at the Kingsley Hall Community Centre in Bow, passing 11 Tower Hamlets GP practices affected by contractual funding swings along the way.

The march is organised by the Jubilee Street Practice, a top-five ‘outlier’ practice which is under threat to become the first practice to close down as a result of MPIG losses and other funding swings suffered from 1 April, and endorsed by Londonwide LMCs.

Practice manager Virginia Patania said: ‘We are doing everything we can to raise the pressure every way possible for something to be done for the losing practices, a large proportion of which are east London [practices] with a high level of deprivation and massive MPIG removals. That is the reason for the march and it is being supported by the BMA, GPC and it may hopefully be something that raises awareness of these issues further yet.’

It comes after Pulse revealed last week that NHS England is prepared to allow some practices to close as a result of its ‘equitable funding’ strategy. Pulse also revealed that no area team in England has committed to offer financial support to practices despite NHS England’s previous promises to protect ‘outliers’ through measures such as commissioning extra services from them.

Readers' comments (10)

  • Vinci Ho

    We should all support these guys ......
    This is already a matter of social injustice . Remember what happened in the case of Lewisham Hospital???

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  • About time too, though marching on parliament might get more attention!! This is the direct action GPs should have resorted to months/years ago. I fear its all too late now anyway given that within a couple of years most surgeries are likely to be unviable due to lack of available GPs such is the dire state of affairs that currently exists within the profession.

    That said the East London mob have my full support if only for their "we're not going down without a fight" mentality. An attitude that is sadly lacking within our leadership and within the profession as a whole.

    Good luck, I'll definitely be with you guys in spirit if not in action.

    Disillusioned GP Partner (1yr)

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  • March! March! What the ......right it's about as useful as a chocolate fire guard !
    Man it's hard reading Pulse or believing it will bring one iota of a difference , at the very least . And that too so close to the anniversary of Tiannemen ....does anyone care to remember what happened to the solitary man fighting for what he believed in..
    The truth is the horse bolted and is gone , no matter how we sugar it up , stop leading us down a gaga lala path, it's just not kosher

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  • Vinci Ho

    On the subject of social justice , today is 4/6/2014. 25 years ago , 4/6/1989 , Main land China , Tienanmam Square, innocent university students and people protesting and asking for more social justice , were shot down by a dictatorial government . That government is still ruling today.
    Yes. One can argue that protesting was futile but it is always about the honour,dignity,spirit and principle . That is to be handed over to generation to generation.I still believe in People's Power. 49 years old, I might be too old to witness 'real democracy ' in China.....
    On the same tone, as a die hard LFC fan, it took exactly 25 years before some justice is done for the 96 fans who died needlessly in Hilsborough .(Who was running the government then?)
    I am wearing black today......
    Sorry , editor, I have 'hijacked' this commentary box......

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  • 8 51 VH glad you remember , but esteemed colleague what you say is great in the eons of when Men were Men and heroes and Gods donned the Earth , a precious concept long forgotten and sadly derided by the very opposite who now make the majority
    We live in dark times and may those very dark hearted people live interesting lives

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  • As one of the GPs who have ben leading the fight in Tower Hamlets, I am encouraged by your comments. Thank you! We ARE still strong if we stand together . We still have access to most of the voters in this country because we care for them and will see many if not most of them some time in this election year. TEll THE PATIENTS! Our patients have been wonderful. When they know what is really happening to you, the support and the interest will come. Dont give up yet. Leave the cyniscism to the politicians. Believe!! Naomi Jubilee St Practice.

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  • Naomi the road to hell is paved with good intentions . Remedy remember them , remember how they said they will stand together fight to getter do this do that ...what happened ? ,! ...BAPIO with recent RCGP see the outcome
    Do you really really honestly think voters will side with doctors over politicians ... I do not mean idealistic I mean realistic .. Naomi don't do it , you will end up different ...mark this save some who will support you like a nasty rash ..the moment they get a political position Saynara Auf widersehn ...I have seen it , seeing it and have full faith in a few of our colleagues to name Brutus as their hero

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  • Vinci Ho

    All the best today Naomi for today.
    Will be thinking of you guys this afternoon in surgery .
    This war against tyranny goes on. Preserve the halo on top of your head.
    May the force be with you ,Jedi Knights........

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  • Vinci Ho

    For what is a man(woman), what has he(she)got?
    If not himself, then he has naught.
    To say the things he truly feels;
    And not the words of one who kneels.

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  • March and good luck . That's how women won rights and we blacks won freedoms

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