A recent article by Richard Murphy, Chartered Accountant and specialist in taxation, demonstrates that General Practice funding from the NHS will drop by 28% per appointment over the next year.
Motivated to research further the demand and funding for NHS GP services, Murphy reviewed the data from the Royal College of General Practitioners' press publication of April 2014. The RCGP highlighted the increasing demand for GP Consultations and contrasted that with the steady fall in the funding of GP services to just 7.29% of NHS budget by 2017-2018. This is a decline of 17.1% in NHS funding from 2014-2018.
The RCGP warned of the devastating effects of increasing demand and reduced financial resources on the delivery of services and safe patient care. They demanded that General Practice receive 11% of NHS funding. That has not been met by the Government.
Murphy calculates as follows:
The outcome is that GPs are now, in real terms, being given just 72% of the funding they had in 2008/2009 for each consultation or have to be 38% more efficient. The only variables to a GP are time with a patient and working hours hence the consequences of this reduced finance will be increased work hours for the GPs and reduced consultations for patients. It is little wonder that many GPs are closing their lists and some are quitting the profession completely.