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Gp Budgets

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is the cash and percentage increase in absolute and real terms of the £360 million cash-limited budget of general practitioner premises and ancillary staff for 1990–91 and 1989–90, broken down by family practitioner committee;(2) what is the cash and percentage increase in absolute and real terms of the £360 million cash-limited budget for general practitioner premises and ancillary staff for 1990–91 and 1989–90.

The estimated total spend in England in 1989–90 on the direct reimbursement of GPs' ancillary staff and premises improvement cost is £267 million. The preliminary allocation to FPCs of £359 million for similar expenditure in 1990–91 therefore represents a cash increase of 34 per cent. and a real term increase of 26 per cent. Details of actual expenditure in 1989–90, and the final expenditure by each FPC, will not be available until after the end of the current financial year. The allocations for 1990–91 will not be finalised until FPCs have reported their actual level of commitments for practice staff reimbursement and premises improvements as at 31 March 1990. A further allocation will be made in June and July to meet any difference between the preliminary allocation for 1990–91 to fund existing commitments, and the actual level of commitments.