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Proportion of GDP spent on NHS falls

Government spending on the NHS is continuing to fall as a percentage of GDP, an analysis of official figures has revealed.

An analysis of figures from the Office of Budget Responsibility by the Nuffield Trust think-tank reveals that spending is set to go down from 6.5% of GDP in 2012-13 to 6.2% in 2015-16.

In a blog,  Anita Charlesworth, chief economist for the Nuffield Trust, said there was a ‘serious chance the NHS will hit the financial buffers before and not after the next election.’

She adds: ‘Even if it limps on, there can be little doubt that the position for 2015-16 is not sustainable.’

The news comes as the proportion of NHS funding spent on general practice continues to fall.

Research published by the RCGP shows that general practice faces a £1.59bn real terms funding cut by 2017 despite predicted patient consultations due to increase by 69 million if current trends continue.

The college also predicts that UK general practice funding is set to reach a record low of 7.29% of the NHS budget by 2017/18, from 8.39% in 2012/13.

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  • HMG should be ashamed.

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  • Vinci Ho

    A government of the GDP, for the GDP and by the GDP. Of course , anything to do with welfare including a socialist health system is bad news to these politicians.....just they are not honest to admit to that.....

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  • 5:19pm

    They are beyond shame. Time and time again.

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  • Tories.... killing the NHS blaming those who work to keep it alive.

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  • The bloody Daily Mails silence is deafening.
    No big headlines letting the public know about this.
    if GPC and BMA had ANY wit then this would be plastered over all papers.
    This would make the run into election difficult .
    Oh no - can't possibly do that - not sporting !!

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  • John Glasspool

    "don't rock the boat, old man"

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  • CardioRetinometry has been suppressed by the NHS and Pharmaceutically dependent journals. It is proof positive from in-vivo retinal photomicrography, that the retinal arteriolar reflex is NOT a "Healthy sign" as is taught in medical and Optometry schools. The "reflex" is NOT as others say, "from the blood column" or "arterial wall." It is from atheroma. The atheroma can be made to come and go by varying the dietary vitamins C and E. The myth of "arterial Reflex" is seen to defy Snels Law of reflection and the unblocking of vessels is seen to lead to increased blood flow, reperfusion of retina and Optic Nerve, and reduction of intraretinal hypertension with reduction of vascular tortuosity. END OF HEART BYPASSES! 700 new X-Ray cancers/annum to stop! No more stents! No more THROMBOSIS and stroke! All this is rejected by NHS and the government ignores the copies of my book "700 Vitamin C Secrets" that I sent to the Govt. ministers. YOU could pay MUCH less tax and stop worrying about having a heart attack!

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