First data on GP practice pay reveal 50% funding gap between CCGs

GP practices in parts of England receive 50% more funding per weighted patient than their counterparts elsewhere in the country, official data reveal.

Funding: regional variation revealed (Photo: JH Lancy)
Funding: regional variation revealed (Photo: JH Lancy)

The data, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, show for the first time the level of funding individual GP practices receive. The move is the first step towards publishing average pay per GP in each practice in England from 31 March 2016.

Practices in East Anglia receive £166.05 per weighted patient, while practices in Greater Manchester receive just £110.60, according to GP funding data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

England’s 8,060 GP service providers received £7.63bn in total in 2013/14.

GP practice funding

A total of £3.93bn of this was paid to 4,478 GMS practices, £3.63bn was paid to 3,499 PMS practices, and £64.8m was paid to 83 providers holding APMS contracts.

Funding paid to the 1,143 dispensing practices in England totalled £1.65bn, while £5.98bn was paid to 6,917 non dispensing practices.

The average total amount paid to GP practices in 2013/14 was £947,000, with the median figure at £827,000, the data reveal.

Average payment

The average payment per patient to providers of GP services was £136.

GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘Today's report clearly shows how good value the general practice service is for the NHS, although it does also underline the sheer scale of work that GP practices are being asked to undertake.

‘These figures demonstrate that GP services are delivering comprehensive care for a whole year at a cost of £136 per person. This funds unlimited access to GP appointments - now more than six visits per year on average - as well as home visits and care for housebound vulnerable patients, immunisation programmes, cervical screening, chronic disease management and many other services.

‘However, GP services are finding it increasingly difficult to make this funding stretch to meet the demands that are now being placed on them.

‘Many GP practices are struggling to cope with the growing needs of their aging populations on shrinking resources that is made worse by staff shortages and the wider transfer of more unresourced work from hospitals into the community.

‘Politicians and NHS managers now need to focus their energy on ensuring overstretched and underfunded GP services get the resources they need to deliver enough appointments and services to their patients.’

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