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General Practitioners: Finance

Health written question – answered on 6th February 2008.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the level of funding provided to GPs to cover practice running costs changed in each year since 1996.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The total and change in the level of funding provided by Primary Care Organisations and their predecessor bodies (Health Authorities (HAs)) to general practice since 1996 is contained in the following tables.

Table 1: Former g eneral p ractitioners c ontract— i ndependent c ontractors t otal c ost 1996-97 to 2003-04
£ million
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04
Total spend 2,873 3,033 3,158 3,432 3,624 3,714 4,060 4,623
Annual increase 160 125 274 192 90 346 563
Cumulative increase 160 285 559 751 841 1,187 1,750
Table 2: New GMS contract practice based total cost 2004-05 to 2006-07
£ million
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Total spend 6,957 7,734 7,757
Annual increase 2,334 777 23
Cumulative increase 4,084 4,861 4,884

1. 1996 to 2001-02 data taken from the 95 England health authorities based on GPs' total reported contract costs. From 2002-03 onwards all data is PCT based.

2. All former GP Contract 1996-97 to 2003-04 Independent Contractor spend includes both combined General Medical Services Discretionary and Non-Discretionary Spend and Personal Medical Services

3. 1996 to 2003-04 former GP contract data taken from the audited summarised NHS accounts of the 95 health authorities and subsequent 303 PCTs for England.

4. The new GP contract was introduced 2004 and is all discretionary only funded through PCTs unified allocations.

5. All spend (2004 to 2006-07) is now based on combined practice contracting routes of GMS, PMS APMS and PCTMS services

6. 2004-05 to 2006-07 Figures are based on the audited returns of the 303 to 152 reconfigured PCT audited returns to the NHS summarised accounts.

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