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General practice set for 14% increase in funding as NHS details support package

General practice is set for a huge investment of £2.4 billion a year, which will see 10% of the total proportion of NHS spending going into primary care, NHS England has said today.

Announcing its ‘General Practice Forward View’ today, NHS England said it is making £500m available ‘to further help support struggling practices’, including a £56m ‘practice resilience programme’.

It claimed that the measures today would increase real-terms spending on general practice by 14% by 2020/21 – compared with 8% across the rest of the NHS.

GP leaders welcomed the package, saying it ‘will reverse the unacceptable decline in general practice funding’.

The package includes a range of measures, such as:

It rules out calls for crown indemnity, but does say it will consult on ways to reduce GP indemnity.

It has also invested £500m into the push towards seven day routine GP access.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: ‘If anyone ten years ago had said: “Here’s what the NHS should now do - cut the share of funding for primary care and grow the number of hospital specialists three times faster than GPs”, they’d have been laughed out of court.

‘But looking back over a decade, that’s exactly what’s happened.

‘So rather than ignore these real pressures, the NHS has at last begun openly acknowledging them. Now we need to act, and this plan sets out exactly how.’

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul welcomed the package. He said: 'The General Practice Forward View represents a significant and comprehensive package of proposals to support general practice both in the immediate and longer term, the most that we have seen since 2004.

‘Crucially, NHS England have committed to investment which will reverse the unacceptable decline in general practice funding. This is a vital step as the proportion of resource in general practice will reach 11% of the NHS budget and beyond.’

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker went even further, saying: 'The publication of NHS England’s GP Forward View is perhaps the most significant piece of news for our profession since the 1960s – and a clear recognition of the value of general practice for patients and the NHS. In one fell swoop, we are being promised much of the funding and support for general practice that the College has been calling for.'

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘This plan represents a significant step forward for General Practice, supporting GPs’ wellbeing and helping us to retain a healthy workforce well into the future.

‘It is entirely right that a growing proportion of the extra money the Government announced for the NHS in the Spending Review should go to primary care, so that we can reduce the pressure on GPs and ensure that patients get the most effective and personal care from the people most qualified to help them.’

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Readers' comments (75)

  • As welcome as more money is, this at best delays the collapse.

    Nothing significant or untried to address the major structural failings of our speciality.

    Indemnity. Partnership model liability. Recruitment. Exponential patient demand growth. GMC reform. The Daily Mail. Pensions.

    And still the evidence free aspiration of 7 day routine access hangs over us all like the Sword of Damocles.

    I'm afraid I give it a 4/10. And I'm on holiday so am probably a little too generous.

    Interested to watch the feedback from colleagues when the UK wakes up.

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  • The previous guy is right.

    Let it be known, the stable door is now closed.

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  • Its a crock of shit wrapped in some shiny paper with a bow on it.
    1. It STILL doesn't return us to 11% of funding as requested
    2. Services for burned out GPs to keep them fighting in the trenches, not reducing burnout.
    3. It doesn't matter how much hospitals are banned from doing this or that, they still do it? Urgent prescriptions for Abx for asymptomatic bacteruria for pre-op clinics, sick-notes galore, and re-refer this to the guy next door.
    4. Where are all these staff coming from?

    I wouldn't work in NHS Englands reaches for all the tea in China. North Korea is probably slightly less oppressive.

    And Pollyanna would welcome anything, she is so discredited.

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  • 10%! I'll believe it when I see it.
    There must be a reason why it has been buried in the festivities of today (Queens Birthday), the government we know too well would have shouted from the rooftops if there were no strings attached.
    Hoping that the RCGP will employ 'cautious pessimism' but GPC have already blurted out its mantra.
    Sorry, woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning...

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  • If 3.2% uplift gave me Two Pence per patient per month, I bet Simon Stevens' 14 % will increase it to 3 pence.
    Pity, he did not allocate money for NHS Fraud, but then he Probably couldn't.
    We are suffering from state sponsored corruption at PCA and HSCIC levels steered by Downing street and therefore nobody is even willing to look into manipulation in the Exeter systems.

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  • Forget announcements of intent - we need kpi free money NOW.

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  • I'm interested to see what measure are put in place to stop hospitals from dumping work in primary care. . .

    I suspect to be able to qualify for this money you have to be open 12 hours day, 7 days a week.

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  • Too little to late.I bet they're trying to prevent primary care failure before the next election.Good luck boys and girls we're in collapse now and this little contribution to our salvation(probably with lots of strings attached)will not be enough to stop the inevitable.Demographics and the free market will not be controlled by under 500 million a year.

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  • Too little,too late!
    Simon stevens is master of spin,I hope GPs are not fooled,as apparently GPC seems to be!

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  • Too little, too late. I've already decided GP is the wrong profession.

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