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Funding of Primary Care Trusts

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the funding of primary care trusts where the number of general practitioners per capita is significantly at variance with the national median; and if he will make a statement. (177921)

On 10 October, following publication of the ‘Our NHS Our Future’ Next Stage Review Interim Report, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health, (Alan Johnson) announced a £250 million access fund to deliver at least 100 new general practitioners (GP) practices in the most deprived areas (i.e. those with fewest GPs and nurses, poorest health outcomes and lowest patient satisfaction) and 152 GP-led health centres, one in each primary care trust (PCT) area.

On 23 November, the Secretary of State subsequently announced the final list of 38 PCTs where at least 100 new GP practices will be located.

The Department is currently working with strategic health authorities and PCTs to develop performance management arrangements and to establish the distribution of funding and potential time scales for delivery based on local plans.

In addition, the 2008-09 revenue allocations were announced on 13 December. These represent £74.2 billion investment in the national health service, nearly £4 billion more than 2007-08. All PCTs will receive an above-inflation cash increase of 5.5 per cent., a total cash increase of £3.8 billion.

The weighted-capitation formula used to inform PCT revenue allocations is continually overseen by the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA). ACRA’s current review of the formula will be used to inform revenue allocations post 2008-09.