Local medical committee (LMC) members call for a minimum payment of £200 per patient per year, in order to provide “a safe, sustainable and responsive service”.
A motion presented by vice-chair of Leeds LMC Dr Nicola Hambridge has called on all practices to receive this amount which represents an increase of nearly 42 per cent on the current figure of £141 per patient.
The current figure is described in the motion as “wholly inadequate to provide a safe, sustainable and responsive service that meets the growing needs’ of patients”.
Dr Hambridge said current average funding in England calculated by the Health and Social Care Information Centre was 38.5p per day – that is £11.75 a month or £141 per year.
She added that considering the general practice budget from 11 per cent of overall NHS funding 10 years ago to today’s 8 per cent, it was “no wonder we are left with a service that is neither safe nor sustainable”.
However, Dr Richard Claxton from Kent LMC argued that £200 as a flat fee was the wrong way to go as that figure would soon be out of date.
General Practitioners Committee (GPC) executive member Dr Brian Balmer urged LMC delegates to remember their purpose and added that any increase in funding would offer GPs greater security.
The comments from the LMC come as NHS England suggests that GPs may not need any funding uplift at all in 2016/17 to the independent pay review body. A suggestion that the GPC has warned would further damage GP morale.