Labour accuses Prime Minister of cutting hundreds of millions from GP funding

General practice funding has suffered cuts of hundreds of millions in real terms since David Cameron became Prime Minister, the Labour Party has said.

Total funds for general practice in England decreased by £245 million in real terms between 2009/10 and 2014/15, an analysis commissioned by the party from the House of Commons Library has shown.

It revealed that while spending on general practice increased in this period from £8.32 billion to £8.94 billion, this was a decrease in real terms.

The analysis also found that the proportion of the Department of Health’s budget spent on general practice has fallen to 8.1% in 2014/15 from 8.8% in 2009/10, with the real terms expenditure per head of population decreasing from £176 to £165 over the period since 2010 when Mr Cameron took office.

This comes after Pulse has reported that the NHS budget spend on general practice has decreased to 7.2% for 2016/17.

Full story in Pulse 19 April 2016