Thousands of patients have signed the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) petition for fairer practice funding.
Over the last two weeks, the College has been receiving dozens of petition booklets on a daily basis containing thousands of signatures from patients in support of its campaign to persuade the governments of the UK to ensure general practice receives 11% of the NHS budget by 2017.
While the College asked practices to put their petition booklets in the post to the College by 15 August, it will not start counting signatures until the lead up to the party political conferences – which start with Labour’s on 21 September.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has launched a final push to get signatures for their petition on general practice funding.
Practices across the UK will be sent letters this week asking them to return completed petitions.
Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP honorary treasurer, said: “As we are yet to start to counting up the signatures there is still time for practices to send in their petition booklets or download them from our campaign website, and send them in to our offices.
“Every signature counts – and the more we receive, the more politicians and decision makers will listen and act on our calls for more funding for general practice to be ploughed into patient care.”
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