A PETITION started in Hedon by health campaigner and Town Councillor Sarah Rommell has gone national.
The petition started in March objecting to the withdrawal of minimum income guarantees for small GP surgeries has already attracted thousands of signatures from across the region, but now Sarah Rommell has joined up with health campaigners in London which she says gives the campaign a real national focus and identity.
Dr Sarah Williams a GP from the Nightingale Practice in Hackney is leading a campaign in London and has suggested to namesake Sarah in Hedon that it would be good to demonstrate that rural and inner city areas are campaigning together on the issue.
In an article in the The Independent Dr Williams has said that patients needed to be warned about the scale of the threat to smaller GP services. The article suggests that up to up to 700,000 patients in England could lose their local GP surgery as minimum practice income guarantees is withdrawn over the next seven years. “If we don’t get publicity and start shouting about it then it will just get pushed through quietly and it will be too late,” she said. “We need to mobilise patients. There are so many people who don’t want to see their surgery close.” In her own Practice, Dr Williams has ensured that all patients have been sent a text message urging them to sign a petition.
Whilst Sarah Rommell’s petition has concentrated on gathering real signatures on paper, with Sarah preferring face-to-face contact, the London Sarah’s campaign has taken to the internet and set up an online petition on the 38 Degrees website Campaigns by You.
If you haven’t already signed Sarah Rommell’s petition on paper, you can sign the online petition at the link below:
In both cases the petitions are destined to be sent to Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.