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GP practices paid just £13 per month per patient

GP practices were paid just £152 per patient last year, or £13 a month, according to the latest official data.

NHS Digital has today published the annual report on payments to general practice 2017/18.

It says that nationally the NHS paid on average £152.04 per registered patient. This is just 0.4% higher than the 2016/17 figure of £151.37 per patient, although the overall GP contractual increase for the year was 3.3% including other funding streams.

BMA GP Committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'Despite the pressures of increased demand, unmanageable workloads and rising costs, GPs and their practice teams across the country are going to great lengths to provide high quality, person centred care to patients in their area.

'These figures show that practices received on average just £152 per patient in the last year to provide unlimited access to the wide range of expert services available at surgeries.

'While this represents great value for the Government, less than £13 a month and just a 0.4% increase since last year is clearly not sustainable as demand increases.

'The Prime Minister has committed to increase the overall share of the NHS budget going to primary care, and this data underlines how only an urgent and significant increase in investment will address the pressures affecting the profession and patients.'

Having been delayed for months, the Government's long-term plan for the NHS was due to be published 'before Christmas', but is understood to still be being held by by Brexit turmoil.



Readers' comments (17)

  • Misleading and disingenuous.Actually it sounds a reasonable figure,the public will assume GP's have thousands of patients and therefore are doing quite nicely thank you.

    Assuming an average GP with 1600 patients consulting 5 times a year each,doing 8000 consultations and earning 80 000 pounds each consultation earns 10 pounds.

    After pension deductions and tax 4.20 pounds per consultation.

    If they bring two problems 2.10 per consultation

    For doing a full history and examination considering the physical psychological social biological individual contextual etc.

    The problem is none of the representative agencies actually see any value higher than this,obsessed as they are with national political policy.

    New and indeed radical representation would be required,focused squarely upon adequate resourcing for our fundamental role

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  • It's an average figures. Most of GMS practices are paid much lower figure. This figure is is tat this level because of APMS practices are paid way beyond £ 200. It will be interesting to see what are actual figures for APMS practices and GMS & PMS practices.

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  • Our contract is utterly unfit for purpose.

    Shame this was not the agreement reached at the last England LMC conference.

    I have no idea why we have this misguided attachment to GMS when it is the primary cause of all our problems, as it makes no allowances for increasing complexity, increased patient demand and expectation and wholesale dumping from secondart care.

    Who else works for a fixed amount regaedless of what activity is thrown at them?

    We only have ourselves to blame. Sadly, we have poor business and negotiation skills and DOH know this.

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  • The bigger thing is that we are not represented properly - it is a shame that most of those doing the talking are closer to retirement then not - and are often screwing the rest of us into submission.
    when are we going to stand up and grow a pair and actually do something that hmg will listen to?

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  • Glad I stopped my BMA and RCGP subs, sick of being screwed over with those supposedly representing us aiding and abetting the abuse and paying for the privilege.

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  • National Hopeless Service

    Just got a quote from petplan to insure a rabbit for a year - £13.09 a month + £55 excess per illness/injury with a cap of £2000 per year.

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  • Shaba again hits the nail on the head. Contract unfit for purpose. Needs to be activity based. But actually paying us for the work we do would be much more expensive, because we do so much for free.

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  • How much do AnE get per minors patient? Bet it isn’t £10 a time including all overheads.

    I have no doubt AnE need more too.... the whole nhs is under resourced is the truth of it. We don’t want a bigger slice of thecake, we Need more cake!

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  • AlanAlmond

    That’s £1.50 a year more than the BBC TV licence fee and £114 less a year than a basic sky package. How many of your patients don’t have a TV, how may have sky (not me , I can’t afford it) what’s more important, access the a Dr or getting to watch Eastenders? What do we value more ..GPs or the telly? You could do a mori pole and the dishonest answer would probably come back in favour of health care, this societies’ actions expose the lie.

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  • We need to move to a activity based fee, then the real cost will deter minor problems (and encourage self help) and we would earn more and do 50% less work

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