This report details the investment in General Practice from 2003/04 to 2007/08.
This report draws on information obtained from country level financial monitoring reports discussed by the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), which is chaired by the NHS IC and has representation from the four UK Health Departments, NHS Employers and the British Medical Association.
It contains some financial flows which do not reach the practice and/or the GP, but contribute towards Primary Medical Care investment. It should also be noted that for the period 2003/04 to 2005/06, the figures are a measure against the Gross Investment Guarantee. The Gross Investment Guarantee no longer exists and recorded levels of investment from 2006/07 are measured using total spend. While the measures used in 2003/04 and 2005/06 and the measures used for 2006/07 - 2007/08 are very similar, it is not possible to draw exact comparisons between the two sets of figures.
It is not possible to provide Scotland (and therefore UK) investment figures. The Scottish Government has reviewed the Scotland total primary medical services investment figures for 2003/04 to 2007/08 and identified some differences in reporting by individual Health Boards. Steps are being taken to address these inconsistencies and provide outturn figures which accurately reflect Health Board primary medical services expenditure as reported in their annual audited accounts. Figures for both 2007/08 and for earlier years are not therefore included in this report.
While the tables show an increase in investment in General Practice from 2003/04 and 2005/06, this did not continue to the same extent in 2006/07 or 2007/08.