Doctors ask for answers over withdrawl of funding

Dr Julian Fester from Egton surgery addresses the meeting
Dr Julian Fester from Egton surgery addresses the meeting

Esk Valley doctors have sent a hard-hitting letter to the head of NHS England calling for answers over proposed cuts to their surgeries funding.

With the planned removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee from central government, Egton and Danby GP practices stand to lose £70,000 and £60,000 respectively.

Dr Julian Fester from Egton surgery has penned the letter to Geoff Day, head of primary care, based in York.

The letter comes following a response to Whitby MP Robert Goodwill who received a response to a letter he had written to Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt advising him to raise his concerns from Lord Howe, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality in the Department of Health.

In the letter,Dr Fester asked a number of questions.

They include what public consultation has taken place about the provision of general practice on the North York Moors and what assessment has been made of the impact of the removal of the MPIG on local health services

He added: “We would be grateful for specific answers to these questions as we believe the provision of primary care in the Esk Valley is under grave threat.

“The surgeries will be presented with very real cash flow problems from next April, when this policy is enforced.”

He added there needs to be urgent recognition of the need to exclude rural surgeries from the policy. Anyone concerned about the funding cuts are urged to sign the petition form.