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Funding for GP out of hours in England has fallen by £65m since 2012

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3032 (Published 01 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3032
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Funding for out of hours general practitioner services in England has decreased by some 13% in the past two years, new figures have shown.

Urgent Health UK, the representative body for GP social enterprise providers, said that the squeeze on finances made it “impossible” for some areas to provide a high quality service and placed more pressure on already overstretched emergency departments.

As of April 2014 the organisation estimated that the value of out of hours GP contracts across England stood at £435m (€530m; $731m)—down from around £500m when the organisation last surveyed healthcare commissioners in April 2012.

The research, seen by The BMJ but not publicly available, was conducted by Urgent Health UK as part of a market analysis. It was based on …

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