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:
The various NHS bodies and governments who decide how we divide the NHS funding cake in the UK have inadvertently allowed a situation to develop in which funding for general practice is being steadily eroded. With services now at breaking point, it's time to come up with a plan to turn the tide.
During the last nine years, GPs across the country have had to cope with a growing and an ageing population, in which more and more people have been affected by multiple, serious long-term conditions - and yet funding for general practice has been slashed.