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moneyDecember 15 2014

Investment in general practice could generate proportionately more savings across the NHS in Northern Ireland, worth up to £53 million by 2020, says the RCGP.

“Increasing spending on general practice across Northern Ireland by up to £2.1m each year, to pay for such things as more GPs and practice nurses, could reduce A&E visits and thereby lead to a saving of up to £13m each financial year,” it says. “This would rise to annual savings of up to £20m by the end of 2019/20.”

The RCGP has based its calculations on research it commissioned from Deloitte. This estimated that short-term savings generated through increased spending on general practice could amount to up to £13m annually. Improved access to GP services due to extra investment would have a knock-on effect of reducing patient demand on other NHS services, such as accident and emergency.

Dr Shauna Fannin, Deputy Chair Policy of RCGP Northern Ireland, commented: “We all know that, where patients have the choice, they would rather be cared for in their local community rather than in hospital. This research shows that the provision of the kind of care that patients prefer is more cost effective and would actually save money in other areas of the health service.

“This report shows that investing in general practice should be an ‘economic must’. It is time for the government to invest in primary care teams of GPs and nurses who deliver incredible value for money.”

She urged the Health Minister to begin the process of investing in general practice in order to realise huge savings across the NHS.

Across the UK, the Deloitte report demonstrates that increased government spending on general practice could lead to an overall saving of up to £1.9bn to the NHS by 2020.

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RCGP statement

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