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GPs take funding cuts petition to Downing Street

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 07 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5066
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

A group of GPs and MPs have handed a petition featuring 20 000 signatures to 10 Downing Street in protest against cuts to general practice funding.

GPs from east London were joined by Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow; Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse; and supporters of the Save Our Surgeries campaign, to protest against changes to the GP funding formula.

In 2013, as part of the agreement on the GP contract in England for 2013-14, the government decided to start phasing out the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG) over a seven year period from April 2014.1 And earlier this year the BMA announced that NHS England had identified 98 practices that would lose “substantial levels of funding that could place their long term survival in question” as a result of phasing out the MPIG.2

The group’s petition called on the government to “fund general practices fairly, and reverse the effects of your decision to withdraw the …

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