An ‘extraordinary meeting’ has been set up after GP surgeries across the city warned they face massive funding cuts and potential closure.
Funding changes announced by NHS England which will be put into practice by the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group mean 62 out of 87 GP surgeries across Sheffield face losing money.
In response to closure fears at GP surgeries, including Page Hall Medical Centre, Sheffield CCG has proposed £4 million of extra funding and set up an ‘extraordinary meeting’ tomorrow, from 4pm to 6pm.
The meeting will be held at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, on St James Street in the city centre.
NHS campaigners and GPs alike are expected to turn out to the meeting in protest against the changes.
Dr Graham Pettinger, a GP at Devonshire Green Medical Centre, said: “It is important the public goes to the meeting to ask Sheffield CCG to take inequality into consideration when deciding how to distribute the PMS Premium money, and to ask the CCG to think again about the proposal to distribute equally regardless of need, and the public concern needs to be noted by the CCG.”
Mike Simpkin, of Sheffield Save Our NHS, said: “We don’t want to see those doctors who have made huge efforts to connect with their communities and meet their needs being hung out to dry.
“If the CCG is going to proceed it has to find a better way of making sure practices are not faced with collapse.
“It may be only patient pressure will force the CCG to adopt a more reasonable and better presented approach.”