To: Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt

Save our GP surgeries

Save our GP surgeries

Please fund general practices fairly, and reverse the effects of your decision to withdraw the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG), which is threatening large numbers of surgeries with bankruptcy.

Please change the funding formula to take account of the effects of deprivation, both inner city and rural so that all practices are fairly funded.

Why is this important?

In 2004 the government changed the funding formula for GP surgeries and didn't take account of the fact that in deprived areas people have higher health needs. Many practices would have gone bankrupt, so they introduced something called the 'minimum practice income guarantee' (MPIG) to stop practices falling below their previous level of income.

Now the government is taking away the MPIG and many practices are threatened with bankruptcy again. Good quality surgeries (who spend the most, employing more staff to provide the best possible service to patients) will be the first to go. This will open the door for more GP surgeries run by large private firms on the cheap.

The government is targeting poor areas to push it's agenda of increasing privatisation of the health service.

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Reasons for signing

  • It's essential.
  • Local surgeries are needed to meet the needs of diverse communities.
  • The poorest areas, with the worst health problems, need GP practices MORE than affluent areas. We must keep the MPIG

Updates

2014-08-06 16:55:54 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2014-07-03 13:24:05 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2014-05-28 07:04:32 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-05-22 21:16:59 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-05-21 10:18:48 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-05-21 08:03:02 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-05-21 00:13:30 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-05-20 23:05:27 +0100

10 signatures reached