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Government overspent on general practice

24 September 2007

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The government has spent £1.7bn more than it promised on general practices in England during the past three years, figures from the Information Centre reveal.

The government has invested 9.2% more than it promised under the Gross Investment Guarantee since new primary care contracts were introduced.

In Wales, the government has invested £1.1bn in general practice, that is £41m more than promised.

In Northern Ireland, investment was 14.2% more than promised at £0.5 billion.

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Overall, in the UK, the Information Centre has revealed that a total of £24bn has been invested in general practice.

These figures have were agreed upon by the Technical Steering Committee, including NHS Employers and the BMA’s General Practitioners’ Committee.

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