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Investment in general practice rises slightly after years of cuts

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5179 (Published 22 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5179
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The amount of money invested into general practice in the United Kingdom has fallen by around 2% over the past decade but has slightly improved in the past few years, new figures have shown.

A report published on 21 September by NHS Digital showed a slight upturn after years of falling investment.1

The government allocated £11.03bn (€12.84bn; $14.32) to general practice in the UK in 2015-16, which represented a 4.36% increase on the previous year (£10.57bn). Excluding drugs reimbursement, UK funding rose by 4.67% (£10.31bn in 2015-16 compared with £9.85bn in 2014-15).

However, the BMA has called on …

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