NHS spending on local surgeries has dropped
Family doctors are receiving a smaller slice of NHS funding than ever before and urgently need more support, the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.
The share of NHS spending that goes to local general practices has slumped from 10.5 per cent in 2005, to 8.4 per cent today, according to a new analysis.
Dr Maureen Baker, the College’s new chair, said that family doctors were already “at breaking point”, adding that cuts were still coming in spite of Government plans to take pressure off A&E wards by expanding the role of GPs.
“On the one hand, the people who run the NHS across the UK say they want more people to be cared for in the community,” Dr Baker said. “On the other, resources have relentlessly drifted away from community-based health services towards more expensive hospital-based care.
"The flow of funding away from general practice has been contrary to the rhetoric and has happened in the absence of any overall strategy as to how we spend the NHS budget.”
Life & Style blogs
Persistent heartburn 'could be a sign of cancer', new survey warns
Losing appetite as you age? Try adding umami flavour to restore the 'joy of taste'
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Apple stopped a fingerprint scanner from appearing in Google’s Nexus 6
SAG Awards 2015: Best and worst gowns on the red carpet
- 1 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
£38000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's best performing...
£35000 - £43000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our award-winning client is one...
£15000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Atlas ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Opportunity to join established...