Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Councillor Calls For Action Against Cuts To GP Contracts

Cllr John Williams (Right) with Lib Dem Group Leader
Cllr Bridget Smith
Liberal Democrat District Councillor for Fulbourn, John Williams wants action to stop the NHS cutting GP contracts and threatening community GP surgeries.

At South Cambridgeshire District Council’s full meeting on the 24th April, Councillor Williams will call on the district council’s representative on the Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Board, Sue Ellington to act to stop the substantial reduction in the value of the GP contract.

"It’s difficult to see how these proposed cuts can be in the interest of our villages and I call upon Cllr Ellington to help reverse them," he said.

"If these cuts are allowed to go through then the knock on effect to facilities such as phlebotomy which are provided outside the NHS contract will be huge."

The exact wording of the written question reads as follows:

"Primary care has coped for years with a decreasing slice of the NHS cake. In 2005 GP services took 10.4% of the NHS budget and this had fallen to 8% last year. Indeed there are many GP services which are not funded by the NHS such as blood tests. Now the NHS is introducing changes which will reduce GP funding even further and many local GP practices now face having to reduce the level of services that can be offered at the local surgery to balance the books. Could I ask this council’s representative on the Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Board what action she is taking to ensure the Board is actively engaged with the NHS England East Anglia Area Team to stop them substantially reducing the value of the GP contract which threatens community GP surgery services, particularly the knock on effect to those facilities such as phlebotomy which are provided outside the NHS contract?"