General practice will see a falling proportion of the NHS budget in England, as other sectors benefit from the boost in funding announced in last year’s Budget.
NHS board papers reveal that the proportion of centrally allocated funding for general practice will total 7.1% of the total NHS budget in 2018/19, although this does not include any funding allocated locally by CCGs. The proportion in 2016/17 was 7.2% and in 2015/16 it was 7.3%.
The general practice budget allocation from NHS England will increase by 4% from April, as promised, but this rise is offset by a 36% rise in budget to the ‘sustainability fund’ for trusts and a 7% increase in funding for specialised services.
This is despite Chancellor Philip Hammond pledging £6.3m in new funding for the NHS by the end of this Parliament, including £2.8m for the day-to-day running of the service over the next three years.
The board paper says: ‘The planned 2018/19 allocation for general practice has been maintained to enable the expected cost uplifts in the 2018/19 GP contract to be funded.
‘Local general practice allocations are unchanged from those previously published for 2018/19, and no changes to the funding formula have been implemented.’