111 Canterbury Road
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10 4JA
01795 - 423300

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Canterbury Road Surgery

This information has been published by HSCIC (! Large file) in 2015.

Below is an extract for the Kent and Medway area, there are some problems with the data in that some contractors like PMS and APMS are listed as getting no money for their premises at all. This could either be because the NHS is providing the premises, or that the money is in the total amount given to the practice (see finances compared page). These practices were left out from the graphs. Other practices are incorrectly listed as GMS, where other sources list them as PMS practices. Details are in the excel file at the bottom of the page.

There is probably other incorrect information as 16 practices are listed as getting no money at all, and 9 as very little (under 4).

Our practice is indicated in blue, the value in this graph (6.64) is pretty close to our published value of 6.73.

A quick check (regression analysis) shows that practice size (number of registered patients) is not related to the premises payments: Larger practices are not cheaper where premises are concerned (r=0.07, p=0.37)

Publication scheme

Financial information

Finances compared to other practices

Prescribing information compared to other practices

Premises costs compared to other practices

When the NHS started in 1948, doctors already had practices, usually some room(s) attached to the house. As this space was used for NHS patients, rental was charged to the NHS. This system continues for the great majority of practices to this day, although now the buildings are usually exclusively used for work.

As the doctors owned and managed the buildings practices were not standardised, the quality of the premises depended much on whether the doctor was willing or able to spend on the building. There was little financial incentive for doctors to invest in premises, despite a scheme known as cost-rent, most of the time the money for improvements had to be paid by doctors, without generating additional income, certainly not in the short term. There were some experimental health centres provided by the health authorities in the 1960's and 1970's but often little investment was made in the upkeep.

In the last few years however, the provision of buildings by health authorities has made a revival, only they are usually owned by private companies and leased to the doctors, backed up by guaranteed payments from the health authorities (your taxes). These 'public private partnerships' have ceased nearly as soon as they started when the cost of these arrangements became public.

On this page we show how much surgeries receive (expressed as pounds per patient per year) for their building. It may surprise you that there is no standard tariff, and therefore common minimum building standard cannot be expected. We had waited for years for this information and it has been published by the HSCIC (careful, large file) in 2015.

How can you expect or demand that buildings are of equal standard if one practice has been given more money than another? Why are practices not given the same budget for buildings that meet the same standards in the first place?