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Practices face £35k funding swings as NHS reviews funding for deprived areas

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Dr Boyle is right. Deprived areas are historically under funded but the situation is complex, nuanced (even within close geographical areas) and I have to say it, pretty unfair. Whilst General Practice was supported, these large discrepancies were overlooked and could be swallowed because the rewards of the job were over and above. Last year I earned about 55k for managing a list of 1600 in a deprived inner city area. If we hadn't fought for more money for deprived areas, I would be earning 35k this year. Many earn a lot less for doing even more. There are also significant changes that can be made in the way General Practice is run in some areas that can improve things for patients- but we need stability. This must not become a war in which we battle against each other to prove who is more worthy. The whole of General Practice is under funded, over stretched and demoralised and our real task is now a political one. We must persuade the public- our patients- that we really are on the brink and that without swift action, a house of cards looms for primary care. We MUST unite on this point and raise the alarm. It means more than moaning to each other. We must run the risk of alarming our patients and telling the truth or we will never overcome the media giants who greatly influence the minds of our nation. The LMC crisis conference will be a critical point...

Posted date

22 Dec 2015

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12:11pm

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