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Independents' Day

MPs raise Stop Practice Closures campaign with minister

MPs have raised Pulse’s Stop Practice Closures campaign with ministers, after Pulse wrote to hundreds of MPs in areas where practices are in particular distress.

Three MPs - Labour MPs Sir Tony Cunningham (Workington) Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) and Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central) - wrote to health minister Earl Howe demanding answers on what the Government is doing.

In response, Earl Howe listed a number of ways in which the Government thinks it has improved the situation, such as the limited support to practices threatened by the scrapping of the minimum practice income guarantee, the Prime Minister’s ‘challenge fund’ and a contractual requirement for all patients to have a ‘named GP’.

Other MPs said they were supportive of the Pulse campaign, with former health minister Ben Bradshaw - Labour MP for Exeter - writing to NHS England after receiving Pulse’s letter warning practices were struggling in his local area

Pulse wrote to more than 200 of MPs after an investigation revealed that more than a hundred practices had approached LMCs to say they were considering closing.

This week, Pulse revealed there has been a 500% increase in the number of practices contacting NHS England about merging or closing,



Readers' comments (3)

  • Vinci Ho

    I know many colleagues have questioned the 'usefulness' of this campaign by Pulse , but I think at least it has set the agenda for more public debates.
    Nigel, you have my support , no matter what.

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  • howe shows again how profoundly out of touch and grossly incompetent he is.
    how does a challenge fund..pathetic managementspeak to encourage unnecessarily long opening hours or the lunatic named gp schemery that we all now is a mindless moronic joke for cynical political reasons..have anything whatsoever to do do with the gp criis?
    fiddling whole rome burns as usual........
    breathtakingly pathetic and very sad.

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  • Well done Nigel and all the Pulse reporters for highlighting this issue to MPs. The message IS starting to get through and a sustained effort by all of us to keep these issues at the forefront of the minds of politicians and the electorate is important in holding the government and NHSE to account.

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