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General Practitioners

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of expenditure on primary health care is paid directly to general practitioners and their staff.

The information requested is shown in the table.

Primary Care Services1989–90
£ millions1
Hospital and community health services (HCHS):
General community patient care581
Community mental illness154
Community learning disability77
Total HCHS primary health care812
Family health services (FCHS):2
Non cash-limited4,811
Cash-limited3302
Total FHS5,113
Total primary health care5,925
Of which general medical services (GMS):4
Non cash-limited1562
Cash-limited302
Total GMS1,569
GMS as a percentage of:
Total primary health care expenditure26.5
Total FHS expenditure30.7
1Figures drawn from the programme budget. Disaggregated figures for the HCHS programme are not yet available for 1990–91.
2Expenditure on family health services (excluding administration) provided by family doctors, dentists, community pharmacists and opticians.
3A proportion of general medical practitioners' expenses, actually cash limited from April 1990.
4Includes £750,000 paid direct to British Telecom for priority fault repair services for general medical ractitioners. The balance—less superannuation contributions where appropriate—was paid direct to general medical practioners as fees, allowances and practice expenses, including the costs of employing practice staff.