The ‘Save Our Surgeries’ March from Tower Hamlets to Hackney has been organised by health campaign groups across the country who have picked Saturday 5th July because it is the 66th anniversary of the launch of the National Health Service.
Sarah Rommell, a Hedon Councillor, is taking part along with others from the town and the wider Hull and East Riding area. Sarah says she took part in an earlier march in London in June with over 50,000 in attendance which she claims received scant publicity in the media, but the event tomorrow is expected to be even bigger with a section of the march composed solely of Doctors.
The demonstration has taken on a broader message of opposing cuts in the NHS, but the focus of the campaign is to highlight the phasing out of Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) payments from small inner city and rural GP Surgeries over the next seven years. (MPIG) was introduced in 2004 to ensure that smaller practices in areas with a high turnover of patients were adequately funded to deliver high quality General Practice services.
Whilst locally in Holderness there seems to be no evidence of a threat to close to any of our GP Surgeries as a result of MPIG withdrawal, campaigners insist that there will be a negative impact on local services because of the reduced funding available.
Petitions against the withdrawal of MPIG are available at local surgeries. An Online version is available at:
In both cases the petitions are destined to be sent to Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.