Figures reveal GP funding slashed in South Suffolk since 2019

31 Jan 2024
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 Funding for GP practices in Suffolk and North East Essex has been slashed by £4.6m in real terms since 2019 research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

- Nationally, the Conservatives have cut GP funding by 6.9% per patient in real terms

- South Suffolk’s Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right for patients to see their GP within seven days, or 24-hours if in urgent need

The House of Commons Library analysis looks at funding for General Practices over the past four years once inflation is taken into account. It shows that funding per patient across the local NHS Integrated Care Board ICB area, including South Suffolk, has fallen by 6% since 2019.

It comes despite growing demand for GP services and patients often having to wait weeks to get an appointment.

Nationally, GP practices have received a 6.9% real terms cut in funding per patient since 2019, whilst NHS waiting lists are near record numbers at 7.6 million.

South Suffolk's Liberal Democrats are calling for patients to be given a legal right to see their GP within seven days, or 24-hours if in urgent need. This would be achieved by increasing the number of fully qualified GPs by 8,000 with an initiative to boost recruitment and retain more experienced doctors.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for South Suffolk Tom Bartleet said:

“Families and pensioners in South Suffolk are currently struggling to see their GP despite being in need of medical advice. It is leaving people waiting in pain or simply anxious about not getting the care they need.

“It is not right that our community is suffering the consequences of this Conservative government’s neglect of local health services.

“Rishi Sunak and his failing government is totally out of touch with people’s concerns. Conservative MPs are too busy fighting amongst themselves to deliver the health services that we so desperately need.

“Seeing your GP should be at the heart of our NHS. That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right to see a GP within seven days or 24-hours if in urgent need.”

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