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New figures show big discrepancies in GPs’ funding

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1071 (Published 23 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1071
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

    Figures released by a London primary care trust, as a result of a request made under the Freedom of Information Act, show huge differences in funding between general practices.

    The highest paid practices in Camden, north London, earn more than twice as much per patient as the lowest paid, with the figure for the base contract per patient ranging from as low as £57.72 (€65; $90) to as high as £145.34.

    The wide range in practices’ incomes is not a complete surprise, said Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, as anonymised figures published by a committee representing the UK health departments, NHS Employers, and the BMA have shown “enormous” discrepancies between practices in all primary care trusts. But this is believed to be the first time that the amounts paid to named practices have been disclosed.

    The figures emerged as a result of a Freedom of Information request made to NHS Camden primary care trust in June 2008 by Peter Roderick, a lawyer and environmental activist who was a patient at a local practice, the Camden Road surgery. He was angered by the trust’s decision to award the contract for the practice to UnitedHealth, a private healthcare company (BMJ 2008;336:412-3, doi:10.1136/bmj.39496.687245.DB) and sought details of how …

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