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Scotland decreases spend on GPs by 3.7pc

New figures reveal funding status

February 24th 2022

Tagged: NHS statistical reports Scotland

By Ailsa Colquhoun

NHS Scotland spent 3.7 per cent less on running GP surgeries and providing pharmaceutical services in 2020-21, new health service cost figures for Scotland have revealed.

Expenditure on this area amounted to £2.9 billion (19.5 per cent of total expenditure) during the year which represents a cash terms increase of £67 million (2.4 per cent) but a real terms decrease of 3.7 per cent compared to the previous year.

The Public Health Scotland data release puts the cost of pharmaceutical services at £1.4 billion, a real terms decrease of £85.4 million (5.9 per cent), compared to 2016/17 costs. Within this, drug expenditure accounted for most costs (77.2 per cent) in 2020/21 compared with 81.9% in 2016/17.

Further information on dispenser payments and prescription costs  was published in September 2021.