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East London doctors stand up to funding cuts

Issue No. 2416

Doctors and patients handed in a petition to Downing Street on Wednesday of last week to protest at threats to 22 surgeries across east London. 

The government has abolished top-up funding for surgeries in deprived areas. 

The GPs are also demanding a change in the funding formula for GP practices. Currently more funding is given to those with older patients. This favours affluent areas where life expectancy is higher. 

Life expectancy in east London is 18 years lower than the national average.

GP Dr Kambiz Boomla said, “East London has a younger population—people die earlier from illnesses occurring from the age of 50.

“Deprived populations are less healthy because they’re poorer. Income determines health.”

Some 21,000 people signed the petition. 

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