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Give GPs the resources they need, say doctors’ leaders

18 February 2015

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Politicians and NHS managers must ensure ‘overstretched and underfunded’ GP services are properly resourced, say doctors. 

Recent figures from the HSCIC (Health and Social Care Information Centre) outline NHS payments to general practices in 2013-14.

BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul said the report shows how good value general practice is for the NHS but added GPs are finding it increasingly difficult to make funding meet demands.

He said: ‘Politicians and NHS managers need to focus their energy on ensuring overstretched and underfunded GP services get the resources they need to deliver enough appointments and services to their patients.’

According to the figures, registered patients at practices in England cost the NHS on average £136 each per year.

Dr Nagpaul said this proved GP services were delivering ‘comprehensive’ care for patients over a whole year.