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BMA responds to NHS Payments to General Practice data

Responding to figures released by NHS Digital today, showing the average amount of money practices received per patient in the financial year 2017/181, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee England chair, said:

“Despite the pressures of increased demand, unmanageable workloads and rising costs, GPs and their practice teams across the country are going to great lengths to provide high quality, person centred care to patients in their area. 

“These figures show that practices received on average just £152 per patient in the last year to provide unlimited access the wide range of expert services available at surgeries. While this represents great value for the government, less than £13 a month and just a 0.4% increase since last year is clearly not sustainable as demand increases.

“The prime minister has committed to increase the overall share of the NHS budget going to primary care, and this data underlines how only an urgent and significant increase in investment will address the pressures affecting the profession and patients.”


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  1. Find the full data on NHS Digital’s website.

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