Map: How does GP funding in your CCG compare with the rest of England?

GP practices in some CCGs receive on average almost twice as much funding per weighted patient as those in other parts of the country, official data published this month reveal.

Funding variation (Photo: iStock)
Funding variation (Photo: iStock)

Average funding per patient across all GP practices in England has risen steadily since the first data on payments to general practice - for the 2013/14 financial year - were published by NHS Digital.

Data published this week revealed that average funding per patient for GP practices was £151 for 2016/17 - up from £136.01 in 2013/14. But variation in the average level of funding GP practices receive between CCG areas remains huge, and was roughly unchanged in 2016/17 compared with the previous year.

In NHS Central Manchester CCG, practices received £115.54 on average per weighted patient in 2016/17 - the lowest average figure in the country. In NHS North Norfolk CCG, however, practices receive £216.72 - almost twice as much per weighted patient.

Map: find out how funding in your CCG compares

Variation in GP funding between the best- and worst-funded CCG areas in 2016/17 is lower than it was in 2014/15, NHS Digital's data reveal. In 2014/15, GP practices in the best-funded CCG area received around £215 per weighted patient, compared with £105.19 in the worst-funded area.

But compared with 2015/16, when the range was around £110 to £210, very little changed in 2016/17.

GP leaders have warned that despite a rise in GP funding in 2016/17, overall investment in general practice is failing to keep track with soaring workload.

The BMA has predicted that general practice funding will fall short by £3.4bn in 2020/21 of the 11% share of overall NHS funding the profession needs.

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