Editorial: Now is the time to Save Our Surgeries

The Carr-Hill funding formula may not be 'sufficiently sensitive' to take into account some factors, such as high patient turnover, high demand and significant numbers of non-English speakers.

These are not the findings of a GP investigation, but the words of NHS England London region's head of primary care Neil Roberts in a briefing obtained by GP.

The admission by the body responsible for commissioning primary care services could prove both key and a turning point, as scores of practices face similar funding battles across England.

The threatened Jubilee Street practice in Tower Hamlets, east London, has been successful in showing how public protest can galvanise opposition to MPIG funding cuts, which in turn paves the way for negotiation on possible extra enhanced services funding.

This is a far from ideal situation, but the Jubilee Street response could provide a template for other practices which are facing possible closure because of the phasing out of MPIG in the next seven years.

On page eight we summarise how GP practices across England, each serving very different patient populations, are making their cases against the prospect of closure.

Is your practice in a similar predicament? Email GP editor Neil Durham at neil.durham@haymarket.com if you would like help in fighting your corner.

On page six, we reveal the results of our approaches to groups representing GPs, seeking their backing for GP to ask each of the major political parties for a statement detailing their support for general practice.

There is no paper edition of GP in a fortnight on 18 August. The iPad edition is free to receive for all UK GPs. Your next paper edition of GP will be with you on 1 September.

Meanwhile, keep an eye out at GPonline.com for all the latest news over the summer and to find out whether the politicial parties are as keen as we at GP are to Save Our Surgeries.

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