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Petitions

Volume 596: debated on Thursday 11 June 2015

Petition

Thursday 11 June 2015

Observations

Health

Changes to budgets for GPs

The Petition of residents of the Wakefield constituency,

Declares that the Petitioners are concerned about the proposed £3.8 million cuts from budgets for GPs; further that these cuts could result in small practices closing, 38 full time doctors or 95 full time nurses being lost and patients waiting longer to be seen by a GP; and further that a local petition on this matter has been signed by 850 individuals.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reconsider the proposal to make cuts to budgets for GPs in the Wakefield area.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mary Creagh, Official Report, 25 March 2015; Vol. 594, c. 1544.]

[P001489]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

These are matters for the local NHS. GPs, clinicians, patients and local authorities are best placed to determine the nature of their NHS services.

NHS England is reviewing the funding of PMS practices in a move toward equitable funding arrangements for both General Medical Service (GMS) and Primary Medical Service (PMS) practices. Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is leading the PMS Review process in the Wakefield area. The CCG, the Local Medical Committee and other key stakeholders are working together to ensure that any proposed contractual changes and funding is aligned to Wakefield CCG’s strategic plan and local priorities including the health inequalities agenda. PMS practices will not see any changes to funding or contracts until October 2015.