Tory cuts put 5 Tower Hamlets GP surgeries at risk of closure

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Labour encourage residents to sign their petition against the closures

Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets have launched a new campaign to save five of the deprived borough’s GP surgeries after it was revealed the surgeries face closure as a result of new Government cuts.

The Government changes to the NHS GP funding formula mean that money has been taken out of mitigating the health impacts of poverty is instead being allocated to rural areas. In total 98 practices in deprived areas at risk of closure, 5 of them in Tower Hamlets.  The move comes despite Tower Hamlets having the fastest growing population in the country and many serious health inequalitie

Labour’s mayoral candidate John Biggs and Labour councillors have launched a petition against the closures and are encouraging residents across the borough to sign up.

The Jubilee Street Practice in Shadwell, among the five practices in Tower Hamlets that are of risk of closure along with a further 12 practices in neighbouring Hackney. Speaking to the Guardian, Dr Naomi Beer, a GP at the Jubilee Street Practice said, "Give it a year and I think we will have to close" whilst the practice manager, Virginia Patania, said "We are now eating into practice savings to continue providing a quality service. But we are planning for a 'red button day' when we will have to dissolve the practice.”

Labour’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Rachael Saunders, said:

“Over the last few years the Tories have closed most of our borough’s police stations, cut the number of fire stations and now they are coming after the local NHS. We will oppose these closures at every stage to make sure that residents are not left without access to the local health services they deserve.

“With the fastest growing population in the country and high levels of need the idea the Government wants to close GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets is extraordinary" 

Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“With long waits for appointments already a fact of life for many, any cuts will further reduce residents access to healthcare. And in a borough with such a concentration of long-term health problems this is an outrage. As Mayor I would fight tooth and nail against these kind of ideological Tory NHS cuts”

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