Funds earmarked for access as more details of GP Forward View emerge

26 September 2016

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published details on how the extra funding announced in the General Practice Forward View will be used to help transform services. They appear in Delivering the Forward View: NHS Operational Planning Guidance for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

On top of planned increases to primary medical care allocations for general practice, the guidance confirms that there will also be further local recurrent funding to improve and increase capacity in general practice, totalling £138m by 2017/18 and increasing to £258m by 2018/19.  This will contribute to the overall ambition of investing an extra £2.4 billion in general practice services by 2020/21.

In 2016/17, this funding is being made available to the General Practice Access Fund pilot schemes (formerly the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund) and a number of additional areas across the country which will accelerate delivery of improving GP access in 2017/18.  This will also enable London to begin a capital wide programme of improving access from 2016/17.

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