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NHS budget slump warning

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, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned.

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Figures reveal NHS budget decrease in UK and Ireland

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.

Read: Patient care 'at risk' over NHS budget slump

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