Thousands sign petition against Sheffield surgery funding changes

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More than 2,200 people have signed a petition against funding changes that campaigners fear could mean the closure of Sheffield GP surgeries.

Up to 13,000 patients in the city could lose their medical practice in the next few years unless the policy is reversed, campaigners claim.

The petition to challenge the Government’s decision to axe he Minimum Practice Income Guarantee has been presented to the Government by Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield, doctors, staff and patients.

Campaigners say the changes will result in some GP practices losing as much as £140,000 of income.

Dr Graham Pettinger, GP at Devonshire Green Medical Centre who has led the campaign, said: “There’s a terrific strength of feeling about this issue. We’ve been pleased to work with our local MP Paul Blomfield to ensure that our situation is raised in Parliament.

“Surgeries like ours face a real crisis due to MPIG funding being withdrawn and we’ll continue the fight to protect our GP surgeries and our patients. Our message to the Government is simple –halt the cuts and provide fair funding for our GPs practices.”

Mr Blomfield said: “Local GP surgeries like Hanover and Devonshire Green are a vital front line for the NHS. It’s outrageous those serving the most vulnerable patients are seeing funds cut.

“Ministers need to urgently listen to the concerns of local GPs and the thousands of people who have signed the petition before it’s too late.

“The prospect of GP surgeries in my constituency going bankrupt and closing is deeply concerning.”