Former health minister backs GPs threatened by MPIG cuts

Former health minister Lord David Owen has spoken out in support of the east London practice facing closure due to MPIG cuts.

Lord Owen: patient at practice threatened by MPIG removal (Photo: Rex Features)
Lord Owen: patient at practice threatened by MPIG removal (Photo: Rex Features)

Lord Owen told GP he and his family had been patients at Jubilee Street Practice in Tower Hamlets since 1965.

‘It both angers and frustrates me that NHS England has treated them with such scant regard for their past service and so little understanding of what it takes to practice in this area of deprivation and high immigration.’

Lord Owen said applying ‘formulaic cuts’ was a ‘complete denial of evidence based medicine and symptomatic of the whole disastrous reorganisation embodied in the 2012 legislation’.

Lord Owen will be speaking at a rally at Kingsley Hall, east London which will follow a march between Tower Hamlets practices.

Practices face closure

The Save our Surgeries campaign was launched by east London GPs, patients and health campaigners earlier this month after partners at Jubilee Street said they would close in October unless a solution was found to their funding crisis.

Over the seven-year withdrawal of MPIG the practice stands to lose £903,000 in total as correction factor payments worth £219,508 a year are withdrawn.

There are thought to be another four threatened practice in Tower Hamlets, 12 in neighbouring Hackney and four in Newham.

GP Dr Louise Irvine who led the successful campaign against the downgrading of Lewisham A&E will also speak at the rally alongside Lord Owen.

Lord Owen said: ‘We have had a wonderful service over the years [from Jubilee Street Practice] and we have watched others in the community being given exceptional service by this practice.’

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