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GPs to debate call for funding of £200 per patient per year

GP leaders are set to debate a proposal to demand that all GP practices receive at least £200 per patient per year.

The motion, to be proposed to the emergency LMC Conference by Leeds LMC, claims that the £141 average payment per patient is ‘wholly inadequate’ and unsafe for patients.

The motion, which forms part of the agenda published today, says: ’That conference notes that practices currently provide a year of care for an average of £141 per patient and believes that this is wholly inadequate to provide a safe, sustainable and responsive service that meets the growing needs of their patients and therefore calls on governments to ensure that all practices receive at least £200 per patient per year.’

Meanwhile, Birmingham LMC had proposed a motion, not put forward for debate by the agenda committee, which requested more funding, of £22 per month per patient. It said this would ’ensure the provision of safe GP services, including an increase in average GP consultation times to 20 minutes’.

An originally proposed motion from Leeds LMC, also not scheduled for debate, had further suggested the Government make a commitment to spend at least 11% of the NHS budget on general practice, in line with the long-standing demand from RCGP.

The Government has pledged to increase investment in general practice by at least 4% a year until 2021, but the Department of Health’s evidence to the independent pay review body, also published today, indicated that this will unlikely be invested via the GMS contract - focusing instead on the Prime Minister’s new seven-day access contract for larger practices with at least 30,000 patients.

The Government has mandated NHS England to ensure that the new models of care being developed by NHS England - including the larger-scale GP-led multi-specialty community care partnerships (MCPs) - will cover at least half of England’s population by 2020.

The motion in full

LEEDS: That conference notes that practices currently provide a year of care for an average of £141 per patient and believes that this is wholly inadequate to provide a safe, sustainable and responsive service that meets the growing needs of their patients and therefore calls on governments to ensure that all practices receive at least £200 per patient per year.

Read the agenda in full here

Readers' comments (9)

  • My practice is on £107/per patient.We do all the LES/DES etc and make a huge effort.
    But it is tough-I work some sessions for free.
    Let's be honest...it is not sustainable to expect anybody to work for free just to keep the place afloat.

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  • Last year I paid a total of £228 in premiums for insuring my cat! Having made a claim on the policy the premium for the coming year is £456!!! Says it all really.........

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  • £200 per patient per year - in their dreams!

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  • Why £200? Its a rather round and arbitrary figure. We know we won't get 200 so if they want to make a point of saying what good care really costs they should be a little more professional and show how they arrived at that figure. I am afraid it makes Leeds LMC look a little amateurish.
    Of course this motion will be pointless anyway if they vote to become fully salaried.

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  • As per published HSCIC data, my Practice gets £90 per patient. £200 ?? There are Practices in Medway getting £165 under GMS Contracts and the APMS have even up to £2.5 million per year providing 7 day walk in service 8 to 8 from Porta cabins for 7 years now with no signboard that there is a Walk in Centre at the place- lest patients find them easily.

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  • Not enough, not by far.

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  • Resign from this wretched penance of an imposed Contract [ Mr Hunt's words ] where GP land has been discriminated against [ Mr Hunt ].
    Resign from this Contract which makes former heads of GP land ashamed to be a GP.
    If we do not resign completely and redraw a fair Contract that has some degree of payment for work done and is not a free for all, catch all payment of 141, which includes staff wages and heating [ for goodness sake ], any number of consultations, dumped hospital work, cover for junior doctors and considered a cottage, corner shop Industry.
    Why are staying in this most hated, despised, unfair, unjust Contract when all we get from every single person is abuse ?
    For God's sake, please just go.
    In any case, even if we don't, the machine will bung up with goo up and there will no GPs left anyway.

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  • 1 year health insurance for hamster £202.

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  • My dog died but £450 and vets raked it in £6,500 in last year ,even came out at night for £400 ..so insurance was worth it

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