Save east London surgeries beg GPs and MPs

By Rob Virtue on August 6, 2014 4:41 PM |

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A 20,000-strong petition urging the Government to save east London GP surgeries has been handed into Downing Street.

Some 22 surgeries in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham are believed to be at threat due to NHS funding cuts.

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, said: "David Cameron's Government's top-down reorganisation of the NHS is wreaking havoc on our GP services.

"These pressures have also created a crisis in our A&E services, and that is why alongside the thousands of local residents, who have signed the petition, we are calling on David Cameron to reverse his Government's decision before it is too late."

Dr Naomi Beer of Jubilee Street Practice in Tower Hamlets, which is one of the 22 at risk, said: "Our patients often tell us how much they appreciate the high quality, accessible service that Jubilee Street provides.

"We've already taken pay cuts to try to keep going, but we can't absorb such a huge loss."

Also present at Downing Street was Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick.

In response an NHS England spokesman said the changes attempt to make GP funding "more equitable".

"The majority of practices in London will gain as a result, however we recognise the unique financial challenges that some GP practices are facing as a result of these changes," he said.

"That is why we are working with the affected practices, the Office of London CCGs and Local Medical Committees from across the capital, to consider how these changes can take effect, and what arrangements might be put in place to support those affected."