MPIG practice could take legal action to fight threat of closure

A practice in east London has warned patients it faces closure because of MPIG cuts and could be forced to take legal action in a last-ditch effort to remain in operation.

Jubilee Street practice manager Virginia Patania addresses protesters (Photo: Wilde Fry)
Jubilee Street practice manager Virginia Patania addresses protesters (Photo: Wilde Fry)

Jubilee Street Practice in Tower Hamlets, which faces MPIG losses worth over £900,000, wrote to patients on Tuesday telling them it could be forced to give notice of closure in October and close in April unless NHS England provides a ‘workable funding solution’.

The letter said: ‘We are not prepared to put our patients at risk by providing a skeleton service.'

‘We do anticipate that NHS England will honour the promise made by the health minister to keep our surgery open and able to continue to deliver high quality services. Although we hope it does not come to this, legal proceedings may be necessary in order to solve the problem.’

Save our Surgeries campaign

Practice manager Virginia Patania, who has spearheaded the East London Save Our Surgeries campaign - which has organised protests and rallies against the cuts - told GP: 'If the proposals from NHS England are not strong enough to guarantee our long-term viability we would be open to reviewing the legal process through which these cuts were put in place.'

Ms Patania said the practice had received no details from NHS England about the enhanced services as promised.

‘We have not yet received a financial proposal from [NHS England]. We are hoping that we will receive a proposal that is sufficiently strong,' she said.

Video: protesters march to defend practices

‘If this proposal happens to not be strong either in its timeline, only getting us to April, or in its content, then we will need to look at alternative ways of proceeding.’

NHS England London region officials are set to reveal details of financial support for outlier practice within days.

Save Our Surgeries campaigners will hand in a petition against the MPIG cuts to Downing Street next Tuesday.

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Medeconomics has teamed up with specialist medical accountants to produce individual forecasts of practice financial performance as the MPIG is phased out.

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