GP practices to receive four per cent funding boost annually until 2021

In addition, it stated it would update the formula used to allocate funding to individual practices, including increasing the general practice budget by 4.2 per cent, to £7.65 billion.

The changes in funding are as a result of an increase in GP workload since the current Carr Hill formula was developed a decade ago. The budget is due to increase by four per cent per year, in order to hit £9.19 billion in 2021, an increase of 25 per cent on current spending.

However, Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPC, has criticised the changes, claiming that ‘four per cent  on an inadequate contract value is still an inadequate contract value'.

The government’s statement said: “Spending on GPs and primary medical care services will grow in real terms at a higher rate than for other health services, with an extra 4-5.4 per cent cash funding every year for five years.

“The primary medical care allocation formula is updated to account for changes in GP workload since the original Carr Hill methodology was developed over a decade ago.

“Disproportionately higher funding increases will be available for GP services and primary medical care than for overall CCG growth, with the ability for CCGs to make further investments on top of this using the co-commissioning option.”

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