A new report distributed by NHS Digital has revealed the figures involved in the main payment categories for general practice services in England.
The main categories break down as follows:
- Global Sum
- Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG)
- Balance of PMS expenditure
- Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF)
- Enhanced Services
Rather than providing a record of the sum available for direct patient care the report gives insight into how the majority of the money is paid by the NHS to practices over the 2016/2017 financial year.
The money is paid to practices with the intention that it will cover all costs involved with delivering primary care medical services. These costs are to also include funding for costs related to the premises, dispensing and other necessities.
Some of the funding, such as that pertaining to clinical waste or I.T. services, is managed by a central agency and does not reach individual practices.
The findings that form the basis of the report has been collected using data from the following bodies:
- NHS Digital GP Payments system
- National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS)
- NHS England’s Integrated Single Finance Environment (ISFE)
Here is some of the key information that we extracted from the report:
- £8,883.8 million was paid across 7,763 general practice service providers
- £1,849.1 million to 1,094 providers for dispensing services;
- £7,017.5 million to 6,559 providers for non-dispensing services;
- £17.2 million to 110 providers with an unknown dispensing status
- The average NHS payment was £151.37 per patient