GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey will join the protesters, amid BMA warnings that the government and NHS England must urgently address the threat to MPIG practices.
The BMA says MPIG funding is a ‘vital financial lifeline [that] provides additional support to practices in challenging circumstances, such as those serving large rural areas or practices looking after deprived and needy communities’.
GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘The BMA has been warning the government for well over a year that its decision to phase out MPIG would leave a number of practices in challenging circumstances at risk from closure.
‘All GP practices are under real, sustained pressure from a combination of rising patient demand, declining funding and the government’s desire to move more care into the community. Given this climate, many of the practices that are funded by MPIG can ill-afford to lose this vital funding stream.’
Dr Nagpaul called for a ‘long-term, urgent solution’ to the funding crisis for practices hit hard by MPIG losses.
It was ‘unacceptable’ that east London practices in deprived areas such as Tower Hamlets faced the threat of closure, he warned.
‘The Tower Hamlets practices have to provide care to some of the most deprived areas in London where the population has significant health needs. They are likely to struggle to provide these services unless the government takes urgent action. We face the real prospect of some of the most vulnerable patients potentially being left without nearby access to GP services.’