GPs paid just £152 per patient as funding barely rose in 2017/18

GP practices received £152.04 per patient in 2017/18, official data reveal - an increase of just 0.4% compared with the previous year.

Data published by NHS Digital show that a total of £9.1bn was paid out to 7,543 GP practices in the 2017/18 financial year.

Around £5bn was delivered as part of practices' global sum or PMS core funding, with nearly £800m accounted for by premises payments, and £716m paid out for practice performance in the QOF.

A total of £483m was paid to GP practices for enhanced services, while the figures suggest that GP Forward View funding received by practices in 2017/18 totalled just £49.2m.

Funding gap

Variation in average funding per patient for practices in different CCG areas remains significant, with practices in the best-funded area - NHS West Norfolk CCG - receiving £223 per weighted patient on average compared with just £122.13 for practices in NHS Manchester CCG, which had the lowest per patient funding.

GP practices on GMS and PMS contracts received similar funding per patient on average - with £150.18 paid out per registered patient to GMS practices, and £152.81 to those on PMS contracts.

Funding was significantly higher for the 234 providers on APMS contracts in England, which received £196.83 per registered patient on average. 

The £9.1bn total investment for 2017/18 is up from around £8.9bn in 2016/17 - which delivered a slightly lower £151.37 per patient to practices across England.

Pressure

GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'Despite the pressures of increased demand, unmanageable workloads and rising costs, GPs and their practice teams across the country are going to great lengths to provide high quality, person-centred care to patients in their area.

'These figures show that practices received on average just £152 per patient in the last year to provide unlimited access to the wide range of expert services available at surgeries. While this represents great value for the government, less than £13 a month and just a 0.4% increase since last year is clearly not sustainable as demand increases.

'The prime minister has committed to increase the overall share of the NHS budget going to primary care, and this data underlines how only an urgent and significant increase in investment will address the pressures affecting the profession and patients.'

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