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GP leader warns funding shortfalls could result in services closing

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3467 (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3467
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ, London, UK

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NHS England is failing to fulfil its commitment to support general practices facing huge funding cuts and possible closure under new contractual arrangements, the leader of the BMA’s GP committee has warned.

Chaand Nagpaul called for greater support to practices facing huge funding shortfalls following the abolition of the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG), which NHS England has admitted will leave some practices at risk of closure.

Ahead of the BMA’s annual conference of local medical committees, which took place on 21-22 May in York, Nagpaul said he had written to the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, to warn of the “serious threat” to patient care.

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