Figures reveal GP funding in Sutton slashed since 2019

1 Feb 2024
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  • Funding for GP practices in South West London have been slashed by £12.9 million in real terms since 2019 
  • Nationally, the Conservatives have cut GP funding by 6.9% per patient in real terms 
  • Sutton Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal right for patients to see their GP within seven days, or 24-hours if in urgent need

Funding for GP services in South West London have been slashed by £12.9 million in real terms since 2019, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

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 Carshalton and Wallington, has fallen by 8% 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.

Sutton 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.

Bobby Dean, who is running to be Carshalton and Wallington's next Lib Dem MP, said:

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

“This 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 in a timely manner should be a basic principle in 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.”