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£6 billion of an additional £10 billion a year above inflation promised for the NHS by 2020 will be frontloaded, the Government has announced.

The bulk of the money is directed towards the first year of the Spending Review, and is part of the commitment to deliver in full the Five Year Forward View and the commitment to seven day working in the NHS.

“The additional investment will deliver a truly seven-day health service, with the services people need being offered in hospitals at the weekend and people able to access a GP at evenings and weekends,” said the Treasury ahead of the Spending Review statement. “By 2020, everyone will be able to access GP services in the evenings and at weekends. This will mean 5,000 extra doctors working in general practice, with £750 million of investment.”

The additional funding will also “allow the NHS to offer 800,000 more operations and treatments, 2 million more diagnostic tests, 5.5 million more outpatient appointments and spend up to £2 billion more on new drugs that patients need.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “We will deliver £6billion a year extra investment straight away, as those in charge of the NHS have requested. This means I am providing the health department with a half a trillion pound settlement - the biggest ever commitment to the NHS since its creation.”

Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens added: “This settlement is a clear and highly welcome acceptance of our argument for frontloaded NHS investment. It will help stabilise current pressures on hospitals, GPs, and mental health services, and kick start the NHS Five Year Forward View’s fundamental redesign of care.”

The Royal College of General Practitioners has welcomed the announcement. RCGP Chair Dr Maureen Baker said: “It is particularly significant that ministers have decided to front load the new investment, as was urgently requested by Mr Stevens – and we hope the injection of new resources will mean that NHS England’s ground-breaking vision for a sustainable NHS, the Five Year Forward View, can quickly now become a reality.”

Dr Baker pointed out that GPs and their teams carry out 90% of all NHS patient contacts for 8.4% of the NHS budget in England, having more than 370m patient consultations in 2015. “But while patient demand is ballooning – due to a growing and ageing population – the GP workforce has remained relatively stagnant in size. The situation has led to a full-blown crisis in general practice.

“The crisis has become so severe that independent research commissioned by the College published this week shows that 91% of family doctors think general practice does not even have enough resources to deliver safe patient care within the existing service.”

She called for additional spending for general practice to have reached £3.8 billion a year by 2020, to expand the GP workforce by up to 10,000 across the UK. The money would also go towards a new, expanded general practice team, as proposed in England by the Primary Care Workforce Commission, and which would include new roles, such as practice-based pharmacists and medical assistants.

“We now need the governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland urgently to spell out how they will each use the new money announced by the Chancellor to deliver this desperately-required investment boost for general practice, in order to save our family doctor service and to put the NHS on a sustainable footing for the future,” said Dr Baker.

“It is positive that the Government has recognised that delivering care in the community, closer to home, is both cost-effective and best for patients and the wider NHS. But to do this effectively we need additional resources right now in order to shore up our existing five-day service, and our existing out of hours service – which already gives our patients’ access to a family doctor seven days a week - before we even think about routine seven-day opening.”

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