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NHS Payments to General Practice - England, 2019/20

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NHS Payments to General Practice - England, 2019/20

Although the figures in this publication feed the England data for the Investment in General Practice report, the two publications are distinct and not directly comparable, for reasons outlined in the Coherence and Comparability section of the Background Data Quality.

The UK-level Investment in General Practice Official Statistics series has been withdrawn. From 2020, each country will produce and publish its own report and we will provide links to these reports once they are released.

27 August 2020 09:30 AM


NHS Payments to General Practice, England 2019/20 provides information on NHS payments to individual providers of general practice services in England. Figures are given for the main payment categories - which include Global Sum, Balance of PMS expenditure, Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) and Local Incentive Schemes.

It is not a record of the amount of money available for direct patient care, nor the total invested in patient care through general practice. Instead, it constitutes the majority of actual monies paid to practices for all activities and costs during the 2019/20 financial year.

£3,783.6 million

for Global Sum

£1,515.5 million

for Balance of PMS Expenditure

£833.5 million

for premises payments

£715.8 million

for the Quality and Outcomes Framework

Nationally the NHS paid on average £155.46 per registered patient

Average payments per patient at CCG, region or national level should be treated with caution as some patients may be double-counted – for example due to practice closure. Conversely no information relating to patient list size is known for 115 practices.

Average payment per patient amounts should not be compared with those presented in previous editions of this publication due to a change in methodology, though revised amounts at England level for 2016/17 and 2017/18 have been calculated and are presented in the Executive Summary.

Please refer to the Patient List Size in the Data Quality section for more detail.

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