A decision on whether to include weighting for rurality will affect only the degree to which these practices benefit.
Without a rurality factor, practices in the highest quartile for population density in England and Wales would receive an average 8 per cent increase in weighted list size.
Practices in the top quartile for the number of registrations in the last 12 months would receive a 7 per cent boost to their weighted list, and those in the top quartile for staff costs would receive a 6 per cent boost if the proposals are accepted.
London practices would receive an 8 per cent average increase in weighted list and practices in the DoH's 62 spearhead PCTs an average of 3 per cent.
If an additional rurality measure is included, these figures would all be roughly halved.
Practices with a high proportion of elderly patients and practices in areas of low population density appear to lose out.
Without a rurality factor, practices in the highest quartile for patients over the age of 65 would see weighted lists cut by 4 per cent. Practices in the lowest quartile for population density would see weighted lists fall by 7 per cent. Again these figures would be roughly halved if a rurality measure were included.