Funding cut threat to busy GP surgery

Essex County Standard: Funding cut threat to busy GP surgery Funding cut threat to busy GP surgery

THE future of a GP surgery serving 12,500 people is under threat from plans to cut its funding by a third.

Rowhedge Surgery, which is based in the village and at Essex University’s Colchester campus, has launched a campaign to convince its patients to lobby to retain its funding.

The surgery will be badly affected by the imminent scrapping of the minimum practice income guarantee, which promises a basic level of funding.

About 9,000 of the 12,500 patients on its books are university students.

They do not attract as much funding as other residents because they do not live in the area all-year-round and require fewer appointments than elderly patients.

See Tuesday's Gazette for the full story.

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7:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Roger Mainwood says...

The history of this is pretty shabby (see link to PULSE article below), and the consequences will be significant. Support the campaign by the practice to get this decision reversed. Visit the Rowhedge and University of Essex Medical Practice website to see how you can help.

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The history of this is pretty shabby (see link to PULSE article below), and the consequences will be significant. Support the campaign by the practice to get this decision reversed. Visit the Rowhedge and University of Essex Medical Practice website to see how you can help. http://www.pulsetoda y.co.uk/your-practic e/practice-topics/pr actice-income/mpig-r eliant-practice-face s-25-drop-in-funding -after-nhs-england-b acktracks-on-protect ion-for-outliers/1/2 0005872.article?&pag eno=1&sortorder=date added&pagesize=50#.U xYindxOFZg Roger Mainwood
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7:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

If the practice doesn't meet the funding criteria what can be done?there have to be rules and they have to be followed.
If the practice doesn't meet the funding criteria what can be done?there have to be rules and they have to be followed. stevedawson
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2:19am Wed 5 Mar 14

Boris says...

stevedawson wrote:
If the practice doesn't meet the funding criteria what can be done?there have to be rules and they have to be followed.
The problem is that the coalition government is constantly changing the rules, not just in health but in education and other fields too.
What can be done is that the government should give adequate advance notice of changes in rules, so that medical practices can adapt.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: If the practice doesn't meet the funding criteria what can be done?there have to be rules and they have to be followed.[/p][/quote]The problem is that the coalition government is constantly changing the rules, not just in health but in education and other fields too. What can be done is that the government should give adequate advance notice of changes in rules, so that medical practices can adapt. Boris
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7:55pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Iansnelling says...

I see it's another condem a nation poicey by the coaliton if the surgery has to go, havering used it from 98 to 2013
I see it's another condem a nation poicey by the coaliton if the surgery has to go, havering used it from 98 to 2013 Iansnelling
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