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GP practices allocated 4% funding boost every year until 2021

The Government will give general practice a funding boost of at least 4% every year over the next five years to cover the ‘changes in GP workload’, and will update the formula used to allocate funding to individual practices, NHS England has announced.

In a statement today, NHS England said that the the budget for general practice will increase by 4.2% next year, to £7.65bn.

The funding increases for general practice will be ‘disproportionately higher’ than for other services.

It has also announced that it is updating the formula used to allocate funding to practices, because of changes to the GP workload since the current Carr Hill formula was developed a decade ago.

It added that the budget will increase by at least 4% every year, to hit £9.19bn in 2021 - an increase of 25% on current spending.

Its statement said: ’Spending on GPs and primary medical care services will grow in real terms at a higher rate than for other health services, with an extra 4%-5.4% per cent cash funding every year for five years.

’The primary medical care allocation formula is updated to account for changes in GP workload since the original “Carr Hill” methodology was developed over a decade ago.’

It added: ’Disproportionately higher funding increases will be available for GP services and primary medical care than for overall CCG growth, with the ability for CCGs to make further investments on top of this using the co-commissioning option.’

However, Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPC, said ’4% on an inadequate contract value is still an inadequate contract value’.

 

Readers' comments (31)

  • Hurrah , we're saved !

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  • And in return they will demand a 40% increase in work load.

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  • If we adopt 7 day per week working. 4% increase for 40% increase in working . Good deal

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  • More strings than the Berlin philharmonic .

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  • We will have to wait and see the detail however the recognition that the rise in workload is indeed disproportionate to the rest of the NHS is welcome.

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  • Awaiting the small print about the must do non-evidence-based but politically-important attached strings.

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  • Really??!! 4% of the NHS budget or 4% on top what we are getting now?

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  • Still not 12% of the NHS budget now is it?

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  • wait till we see the impossible targets that will need to be hit- ensure every patient has an appointment they day before it is required, have a crystal ball to know when who will be sick and be open 24 hours a day 365. not going to be worth it. but good sound bite.

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  • I expect it will be all smoke and mirrors. Anyway it's all too late - I'm off liking a lot of my experienced colleagues in their late 50's and leaving UK General Practice!

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