Local MPs Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett have launched a petition against Government plans which could cut up to 38 GPs from Wakefield District.
Yvette Cooper launched the petition at Friarwood Surgery in Pontefract – one of the surgeries set to see a major cut in its budget next year. Yvette is calling for more GPs not less round here to cut waiting times.
34 of the District’s 40 GP surgeries are facing budget cuts of nearly £4m starting next year, following the Government’s new reforms. The funding is the equivalent of 38 full-time doctors or 95 full-time practice nurses.
This is against a backdrop of rising waiting times with many patients struggling to get urgent GP appointments. So Yvette Cooper and Jon Trickett have taken action and launched a petition to give local people their say.
The petitions are in GP surgeries across the constituency and calls on the Government to rethink these rushed and ill-thought through plans and stop the unfair cuts to our GP practices. Alternatively people can sign online here.
Yvette and Jon are also calling for more GPs in the Five Towns as part of Labour's plans to raise a mansion tax to pay for 8000 more GPs.
Yvette Cooper MP said:
“Losing 38 GPs round here would be outrageous. Families depend on being able to get to see the local GP. But that's already got harder. 35,000 people have already had to wait over a week to get a GP appointment - that's crazy. The idea that the Government wants to cut 38 more GPs from round here shows how out of touch they are. We need more GPs not less. That’s why I am urging everyone in the Five Towns to get down to their local GP to sign our petition.
Last year our campaign stopped the Government cutting 10% funding from our local NHS hospitals. Two years ago our campaign got overnight A&E restored to Pontefract hospital. But we're going to have to fight for our NHS again. That means trying to stop these cuts. And also getting a mansion tax as a fair way to pay for the extra GPs we need”.