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LMCs support call for minimum funding of £200 per patient per year

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Has anyone actually bothered to justify these figures? Why £200? Actually we have fallen from 11.5% of the NHS funding in 2004 to 6% of funding in 2014-15. So we have now half the funding we did a decade ago for double the consult rate, and considerably higher complexity, risk, and cost. Our costs have increased by 28% and net income down by 15%. So we have half the funding for twice as much work. We need to quadruple the funding to get back to where we were. Therefore it should be £564/patient. Clearly none of these people has ever bid for a contract. By the time we get there the cost of services will have increased well past this. Health inflation is at roughly 15%/yr, and indemnity is at 26% currently. Incidentally, that's the whole 41% that this rise respresents in one mouthful. Expect a huge wage hike with the National Living Wage reaching +£9 by 2020 with subsequent rises for all back office staff, cleaners, and then knock on rises for clinical staff who rightly expect to be paid proportionately more, not to mention growing supplier costs as a result. Add in the risks of pension change, CQC cost escalation, and you won't even standstill at £200. Supremely naive.

Posted date

01 Feb 2016

Posted time

8:37am

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