Cuts to services in East London are imminent in spite of a 21,000 signature petition. Alison Earle reports from Limehouse and speaks to Virginia Patania, manager of Jubilee Street Practice.
Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Limehouse and Poplar, accompanied his consistuents to Downing Street to deliver the petition. He expressed his concern over the reduction in NHS funding, stating that it is 'an issue that people need to take seriously.'
Dr Salma Ahmed and Dr Naomi Beer stress the relationship between deprivation and health and do not believe the cuts are in the best interests of their patients.
Ross Lydall, Evening Standard Health Editor, explains how GPs are funded and what the removal of their 'safety net' will mean for East London's surgeries.
Myra Garrett, 25 year patient of Jubilee Street Practice, explains the importance of the surgery to the community.
The Department of Health issued this statement in response to the campaign.