England receives second lowest UK increase in general practice investment

The annual investment increase in general practice in England was lower than Scotland and Wales in 2010/11, NHS Information Centre figures have revealed.

Funding in England has fallen by £6.6m

The statistics show that for 2010/11 spending in England rose by just 0.3% from the previous year.

However Northern Ireland saw a 1.5% decrease in spending.

Scotland saw a 1.7% increase and Wales was slightly lower with a 0.7% increase in spending.

Overall £9,789.4m was invested in general practice in the UK, compared with £9,748.7m spent in 2009/10 – a 0.4% increase.

Spending on general practice in England is significantly lower than previous years’ increases. 2009/10 saw an increase spend of 4.75%.

The only UK country which faired worse was Northern Ireland, which saw a 1.49% drop in general practice investment.

Local enhanced services (LES) investment dropped in all UK countries in 2010/11, apart from Scotland.

England saw the biggest drop in funds, with a total reduction of £58.376m from 2009/10 to 2010/11.

England and Northern Ireland also saw a significant reduction in out-of-hours funding. Funding in England fell by £6.6m (1.7%) and Northern Ireland saw a £448,000 (2.1%) fall in funds.

Across the UK QOF and global sum and MPIG spending increased.

QOF spending in England increased from £1,079.616m in 2009/10 to £1,095.532m in 2010/11, a 0.14% increase. 

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