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Consultations rise as GP funding falls, says RCGP

Funding for general practice is due to fall by 17% in real terms by 2017/18, while patient consultations are set to rise by 69m, according to new research published by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The study, conducted by Deloitte, shows that if current trends continue, funding for general practice across the UK will fall to a record low of just 7.29% of the NHS budget by 2017/18 – down from 8.39% in 2012/13.

Meanwhile, the number of patient consultations in England is estimated to rise to a high of 409m – up from 340m in 2012/13. In 2008/09 the number of consultations stood at nearly 304m.