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Help us investigate cuts to GPs surgeries
The Epsom Guardian is investigating the impact of NHS funding cuts on GPs' surgeries in this area - and we need your help.
Earlier this month, analysis by the Royal College of GPs, suggested that investment in general practice (GP) has fallen by £400m over the past three years - equivalent to a seven per cent spending cut per patient.
But, at the same time, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Prime Minister David Cameron have spoken of wanting to increase access to GPs by extending opening hours and wanting more patients to be able to get help in the evenings and at weekends.
Although clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) of local GPs took over the buying of healthcare services from the primary care trusts in April - billed as a drive towards more personalised, local care - NHS England still controls how much money GPs’ surgeries get.
Over the past year GPs' surgeries around the country have had to cut back on the services they offer - and we want to find out what the impact has been locally.
The cuts have also led to concerns that doctors are doing more work with fewer resources potentially damaging patient care, and that while the NHS is investing in developing specialist care in hospitals, the parallel investment is not being seen in primary care.
Dr John Flower, a GP of 34 years, from Epsom, who works in surgeries in Epsom, Richmond and Kingston said: "There has been year on year less investment in general practice and we look after 90 per cent of the illnesses of 90 per cent of the population.
"We do a vast amount of work and make sure that people get sent to hospital appropriately and it’s quite short-sighted not to invest in general practice."
"There is a squeeze on. Investment has gone down and workload has increased."
So, if you are a patient, GP, nurse or clinician please let us know about the impact on your surgery over the past year. We will, of course, not publish the names of any medical staff who want to comment but need to remain anonymous.
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