Large rise in GP investment not reaching practices

Spending on general practice has risen by over 4% across the UK despite successive pay freezes for the profession, data shows.

A DoH breakdown of PCT spending reveals the amount spent on GP practices (GMS, PMS, APMS or PCTMS) has risen over the past three years, from £5.8bn in 2006/7 to £7.2bn in 2008/09.

Separate data from the NHS Information Centre shows the total spend on general practice rose 4.25% to £9.7bn between 2008/09 and 2009/10 having risen by 1.36% the year before.

But investment is not reaching practices, as figures released last week show GPs’ profits dropped in 2009/10 for the third consecutive year.

The NHS Information Centre’s report says the rise in total spend on general practice is likely to reflect increased spending on out of hours, enhanced services and APMS premises, not all of which reaches GP practices.

Spending for ‘non-GMS work’ also rose consistently, from £25,642 in 2006/7 to £107,302 in 2008/09, DoH data shows.

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