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Hundreds march to protect surgeries

Patients and doctors from 13 east London practices marched through the borough of Tower Hamlets yesterday, to protest the threat posed by the loss of MPIG funding to surgeries in the area.

The ‘Save Our Surgeries’ march travelled almost six miles through the deprived borough, growing as it passed affected practices on its way.

Pulse reported earlier today that the Jubilee Street practice had been offered ‘short-term’ emergency payments to keep it afloat after NHS England had said it was prepared to let practices close as a result of its equitable funding strategy.

The Jubilee Street Practice had warned that it had set a ‘red button’ day, by which it would have to close unless it could find extra funding.

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who joined the march, told Pulse: ‘We’re seeing our worst fears realised. You’ve got many practices up and down the country who are struggling to know how they can make ends meet and more importantly the impact this is going to have on patients and services.’

Lyn Owens, assistant practice manager at the Jubilee Street Practice, said: ‘Patients don’t want to travel long distances to see their “local” doctor.’


Readers' comments (5)

  • This is excellent politics, we have to get the public on our side. Keep it up.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Well done

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  • Vinci Ho

    Our political energy will only rise when we convince people that this is not just a war for GP but 'GP and people' to fight against ALL politicians.
    GPs are people's doctors......

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  • What a shame more from the posh parts of London gave no support.especially those mega group practices who know how to play politics too well already

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  • Thank you to my colleagues above. It is the responsibility of all of us to persuade colleagues and patients that Genersl Practice is a cause worth fighting for. Don't assume that the people in power have the same view of General Practicd that we do . What they say they support is quite a different model and certainly not one committed to universal coverage nor to giving assurances of care for the most vulnerable in society. This is really a fight we can win if we can persuade the public, our patients of the necessity to act now and that they have the power to change things. Let us not just speak but act !

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