NHS: Working Hours

Department of Health written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on out-of-hours services in England in cash and real terms in each year since 1997.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The amount spent on out-of-hours services in cash and real terms since 2003-04 is represented in the table below. Before 2004, general practitioners (GPs) had responsibility for out of hours provision, with the allocation determined by each practice.

This Government has sought to improve access through the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, which is making available £50 million this year and £100 million next year to improve access to general practice.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Cash terms

£49,260,000

£208,726,000

£379,503,000

£342,305,000

£338,800,000

£378,214,000

Real terms

£63,034,000

£258,927,000

£457,983,000

£402,187,000

£386,754,000

£421,174,000

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Cash terms

£403,837,000

£397,175,000

£403,081,000

£396,247,000

£399,433,000

Real terms

£438,372,000

£419,532,000

£418,281,000

£404,660,000

£399,433,000

Cash terms from Health and Social Care Information Centre data ‘Investment in General Practice’ via:

http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB14900/inve-gene-prac-eng-wal-ni-scot-09-14-rep.pdf

Real prices are presented in 2013-14 prices, based on the Gross Domestic Product deflators (from December 2014). Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.

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