Investment in General Practice, Northern Ireland 2016-17 to 2020-21

Date published: 08 October 2021

The Department of Health today published figures for Investment in General Practice, Northern Ireland 2016-17 to 2020-21.

This is the second time that investment in general practice, including the reimbursement for drugs dispensed in general practices in Northern Ireland, has been published by the Department of Health.  Previously, country level information from all 4 UK countries was published by NHS Digital.  However, changes to general practice contractual arrangements in each country over recent years mean the data are no longer comparable. As a result, the UK series has been discontinued.

Key Points:

In 2020-21, the total investment in general practice in Northern Ireland, including the reimbursement of drugs dispensed in general practice, was £367.416m.  This represents an increase in the total investment in GP practices of 12.53 per cent in Northern Ireland.  In real terms, this equates to an increase of 5.85 per cent. This increase includes: the response to the DDRB recommendation, which saw a 2.8% uplift applied to GP pay and practice staff expenses, with other expenses uplifted in line with inflation (representing an investment of £5.928m) and an additional £500k investment into Global Sum Equivalent in recognition of additional pressures within general practice.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The report is published by the Department of Health (NI) via the Statistics Section of the website.
  1. The source of the data is the Financial Information Monitoring System (FIMS) held and maintained by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and the Pharmacy Payments System maintained by the Business Services Organisation (BSO).
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