GPs face a £400m “black hole” as a result of cuts over the past three years

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 03 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5998
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

General practice needs a cash injection to preserve services and keep patients safe after cuts of £400m (€476m; $648m) over the past three years, the Royal College of General Practitioners has said.

Figures compiled by the college show that the amount spent in general practice per person in England fell by 7% in real terms from £8865m in 2009-10 to £8459m in 2012-13, because of a combination of funding cuts and population growth.

Meanwhile hospitals have seen extra investment, with the government recently announcing an extra £500m for emergency departments in England over the next two years.

The figures, which were …

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