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stethoscope-keyboardJanuary 5 2015

GP and primary care services in England are to benefit from a share of the additional £1.98 billion, the government has announced.

Setting out how it is allocating the new money, NHS England says that it will pass £1.5bn to frontline health services including primary care, local clinical commissioning groups and specialised services.

“Spending on GP and primary care services will for the first time in a number of years grow in real terms at a higher rate than for other local health services, in recognition of the pressures in primary care,” it said.

The money has been announced as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View programme. Included in its planning document, NHS England says GPs will “be able to bid against the £250m fund intended to improve primary care and out-of-hospital infrastructure. The same amount will be available nationally for each of four years, allowing longer-term planning.”

The money is being distributed across local health services “to more rapidly increase NHS budgets for those parts of the country with the greatest health needs, where the population is growing rapidly, and where services are under greatest pressure.”

The funding will also be used “to begin tackling relative underinvestment in mental health services.” Each CCG will be expected to use its share of the extra funding “to increase funding for local mental health services in real terms next year by at least the level of the CCG’s overall funding growth.

“In addition a further £110 million of dedicated purchasing power is being injected nationally to improve services for people with severe mental health problems, with anxiety and depression, and with eating disorders particularly children and adolescents.”

Links:

NHS England announcement

NHS The Forward View Into Action: Planning For 2015-16 document

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