Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is facing a High Court lawsuit from a disabled patient over the potential closure of dozens of GP surgeries.
The lawsuit has been brought by a disabled Londoner whose local surgery faces imminent closure, because of government funding cuts.
Government changes to how NHS GP surgeries are funded will see crucial income secured through the ‘Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG)’ scrapped and replaced with a system through which more money will go to areas with higher populations of older people, while deprived inner-city surgeries face potential closure.
The lawsuit claims that the Health Secretary has failed to take into account the impact of GP surgery closures on more deprived areas and disabled people. In a letter to patients, one surgery in the East of London said that “funding is now being transferred to other GP practices which, by and large, serve more prosperous patients and communities”
Read more: The Independent (10 August 2014).