The NHS unveils a £2.4bn funding boost by year 2020 to boost practices
NHS chiefs in England have announced a five-year plan to help GP surgeries “get back on their feet” and to improve access for patients, BBC reported.The rescue package will see an extra £2.4bn a year ploughed into services by 2020 – a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account.
It will pay for 5,000 more GPs and extra staff to boost practices. It comes after warnings from the profession that the future of general practice was at real risk.
The extra money will bring the total spent on general practice to £12bn by 2020 and means more than 10% of the overall budget will go on GP care – up from just over 8% currently.
The investment will help pay for the 5,000 extra GPs and 5,000 more non-medical staff, including nurses, pharmacists and therapists, that were promised by the Conservatives in their election manifesto.
Alongside the money, the strategy also includes:
a dedicated pot for extra support, including help for GPs suffering stress and burnout
a relaxation of rules, making it easier to renovate premises or build new ones
streamlined inspections for the best-performing practices, meaning re-inspections need take place only every five years
a public campaign to encourage junior doctors to become GPs
the recruitment of 500 doctors from abroad to boost numbers