In 2016-17, the accounts of the NHS in Wales show that health boards spent £1.39 billion on primary care services. The chart below shows further detail on how that money was spent.
Primary care spending as a proportion of total health board spending
- Between 2010-11 and 2016-17, total health board spending in Wales (Net Operating Costs) increased from £5.39 billion to £6.32 billion.
- However, over the same period, recorded spending on primary care as a percentage of total health board spending in Wales (Net Operating Cost) reduced from 25% to 22%.
- This would suggest that the shift in resources towards primary care that has been at the centre of much of the NHS policy in recent years is not being achieved. However, the picture is complicated by the fact that expenditure by health boards on primary care is not consistently categorised and as such it is likely that the figure recorded in the accounts does not represent the totality of primary care expenditure.