The Esk Valley’s doctors have spoken of their delight after a campaign to raise awareness of proposed funding cuts to their practices has been taken to the very top.
Surgeries in Egton and Danby and Sleights will lose £170,000 between them if the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG) is phased out from next April - a move local GPs say would be disastarous for their practices.
Dr Julian Fester from Egton group practice which would miss out on £70,000 of funding said: “The upshot is there is no resolution yet but all relevant parties are now aware there may be a problem in rural practices if the MPIG disappears, thanks to patient sypport, press, TV and radio coverage.
“The General Practices Committee are looking at Egton Surgery and using it as a model in discussions with the Department of Health to try and get relief for practices heavily dependant on the MPIG.”
Dr Fester added doctors have spoken at meetings of the borough and county council and received unanimous support.
“We have met with Chris Clark from NHS England who listened to our concerns and is considering what the department’s response is going to be.
“Geoff Day, Head of Primary Care for NHS England is going to be talking to the Health and W policy will have worked out by wellbeing committee in Scarborough soon, so maybe a policy will have been worked out by then.
“Whitby MP Robert Goodwill and William Hague are due to meet with Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health soon.”
Dr Marcus van Dam, a GP at Danby Surgery which will lose £60,000 of its funding if the cuts go ahead added: “We are due to meet someone from NHS England who holds the purse strings, in Danby in September.
“Many patients including some from Brotton have been telling me they have written to the Department of Health and have received replies.”