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NHS 5YFVDecember 21 2015

Spending on GPs and primary medical care services will grow in real terms at a higher rate than for other health services, NHS England has said.

Setting out the NHS budget for the next five year, it said general practice will receive an extra 4%-5.4% cash funding every year for five years. To do this, the primary medical care allocation formula is being updated “to account for changes in GP workload since the original ‘Carr Hill’ methodology was developed over a decade ago.”

The allocations also mean clinical commissioning groups will get a real terms budget increase “with adjustments made so that extra funding for local health services is targeted at those parts of the country with the greatest health needs, where the population is growing rapidly, and where there are additional and historic pressures because of rurality.”

An additional £450 million of new funding is also being made available for primary care, CCGs and specialised care in Greater Manchester to support the ‘DevoManc’ partnership deal, when health services are devolved there.

The Royal College of General Practitioners has welcomed the investment. Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Chair, said: “This is good news for general practice, the NHS as a whole and most importantly our patients. It is testament to the power of our ‘Put patients first: Back general practice’ campaign that has brought home the harsh reality of years of underinvestment in our services and the impact this has on patients and our profession.”

Despite the number of patient consultations having increased to 370 million annually, 60 million more than five years ago, “over the same period investment in our service has consistently decreased and the number of GPs has remained relatively stagnant,” said Dr Baker. “This money will help us to employ more GPs, more practice staff, and offer more and enhanced services, including longer appointments for those who need them.

“But whilst this investment is great, it is important that it is only seen as the first step in putting general practice back on the right track. We are calling for our profession to receive 11% of the overall NHS budget over the course of this parliament and for thousands more GPs, so that we can deliver the care that our patients desperately need and deserve.”

Dr Mark Spencer, NHS Alliance co-chair, added: “It is no secret that general practice is facing increasing strain and demand, and this funding will go some way to relieve part of the pressure facing practices across the country.

“However, general practice must not be viewed in isolation, and the news that community pharmacy is to receive a substantial cut in funding gives cause for concern. General practice is only ever part of the solution, and if we are truly serious about improving out of hospital care, there must be increased funding for all primary care providers, including community pharmacy, to create an integrated care service.”

Last week, the negotiating body for community pharmacy, PSNC, was informed that there would be a 6% reduction in the community pharmacy contractual framework, reducing it by £170 million to £2.63 billion in 2016-17. The funding reductions will take place from October 2016.

Links:

NHS England announcement

NHS England ‘Allocation of resources to NHS England and the commissioning sector for 2016/17 to 2020/21’

RCGP response

NHS Alliance comment

DoH/ NHS England open letter ‘Community pharmacy in 20-16-17 and beyond’ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486941/letter-psnc.pdf

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