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Funding Delays Leave Struggling Practices Without Support

A survey undertaken by the GPC has revealed that practices in more than 20 LMCs have yet to receive the resilience funding that they had been promised.

The results showed that £11m of the £16m in promised funds was yet to be handed out, despite NHS England setting a deadline of the end of March for it to be spent.

It was announced in the GP Forward View in 2016 that the first £16m of the three-year Practice Resilience Programme fund was to be allocated to practices by last autumn. However it looks like this will now have to be pushed back.

NHS England has previously promised that more than 1,000 practices would receive financial help from the resilience funding scheme by the end of the financial year.

The GPC’s survey found that of the 40 LMCs questioned, 23 revealed that the allocated funding had either not been spent or only been partly spent.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, GPC Chair, has spoken out against the situation and described it as descending into a “postcode lottery”.

He emphasised the need for the funding to be ringfenced and not lost from CCG budgets, adding: “It is vital that every eligible practice should have access to this vital support, to prevent any adverse effects on patient services, or even in some cases practices closing.’

Has your practice received its funding on time? Let us know in the comments section below.


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