General Practice in England - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 04 February 2015 | Standard notes SN06906

Authors: Tom Powell

Topic: Health finance, Health services, Health staff and professions

This briefing note provides general background for Members and their staff on NHS primary medical services provided by general practitioners (GPs) in England. It gives an overview of commissioning arrangements as well as information on changes to GP contracts and funding arrangements.

As well as providing an account of the different contracting routes for core and enhanced services this briefing provides information on the financial pressures and increases in demand facing GP practices as well as data on GP numbers, expenditure and earnings.

It includes sections on specific elements of the new GP contract including the introduction of named GPs for over 75s and increased choice of GP practice, as well as background to extended opening hours, out-of-hours services and waiting times for appointments. It also provides information on general practice performance data and links to further information.

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