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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)

  • Definitely needs a change to reflect activity!
    Plus we get NO funding whatsoever for 3,000 of our 15000 patients in London as they’re “ too young”- don’t meet deprivation criteria.....
    lots of media attention to “ghost patients “- none to totally Unfunded ones?! Never mind that these young patients present at LEAST 6 x a year MINIMUM and we cover their mental health needs ( all CMHT referrals- discharged back toxare of GP- having offered no input?!!) gynae, neurology- lots of pathology MS, etc etc - but if it doesn’t tick a box for NHSE it doesn’t count?!!

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  • To care of GP not toxare ?!

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  • Tom. it is actually worse than that. I have submitted it here many times. It is profit per patient we need. No point looking at 152 as it includes staff wages etc.
    Profit in NI is 60 pounds per pt/yr, at 6 consultations is 10 as you say.. Only 60% work is consultation. 40% is paperwork [ scripts, reports etc]. So you get 6 pounds per consult.
    Be that as it may and in spite of it, we have an increase in GP numbers.
    If I were the DOH looking after public money and I get a workforce at 2 pounds take home pay per consult, I would not pay any more.

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  • Average figures; not what GMS GPs get but a large margin!

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  • Anyone heard anything at all about the PMs £3.5Bn comminuty care boost? Noone in Kent has. If it was to mitigate this year's winter crisis DoH are behind even their usual performance! Wonder how they will blame GPs again?

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  • When comparing pay, do not forget the stealth taxes of NI, your pension penalty tax and the removal of any tax allowance as pay increases + constantly rising minimum wages and proposed increase in employer's contribution to pensions. The reality is a pay cut. All smoke and mirrors stealth. Just ask why you feel poorer, the answer lies here, it is because you really are poorer after all these.

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  • i dont see why we are complaining about pay, we should celebrate that we take home less than a plumber per hour and also are subject to uber regulation, multiple jeopardy, should we make mistakes which in this job is common not least because we deal with uncertainty!

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