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The Government said it recognises that GPs are "hard-pressed" and has promised its planned £3.8 billion spend on health and social care will enable doctors to spend more time with patients.
Statistics revealing a decrease in NHS budget spending on general practice, now the lowest on record, is pushing services to "breaking point", according to the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Commenting on the findings, Dr Maureen Baker said:
New analysis from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has found a slump in the amount of NHS budget spent on general practice.
In England, 10.6 per cent of the NHS budget was spent on general practice in 2004/05, but this dropped to 8.5 per cent by 2011/12.
The statistics painted a similar picture in Scotland as 9.5 per cent of the money was spent on general practice in 2004/05, and by 2011/12, this had fallen to 7.8 per cent.
In the same periods across Wales, the budget decreased from 8.6 per cent to 7.8 per cent, and in Northern Ireland, spending was at 8.1 per cent in 2011/12 - down from 8.2 per cent in the previous year. Figures were not available for 2004/05.
Patient care is being put at risk due to a slump in the amount of NHS budget spent on general practice - now the lowest on record, a royal college has warned.
In 2004/05, 10.3% of the NHS budget was spent on general practice but by 2011/12 this figure had dropped to 8.4%, according to analysis by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Association for Patient Participation.
The RCGP said the slump is compromising the standard of care GPs can offer patients, leading to longer waiting times and increasing pressure on hospitals.
This is despite the fact that 90% of contacts with patients across the NHS occur in general practice, it said.