About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland, in partnership with NHS National Services Scotland, provides information about NHSScotland payments to General Practices for the financial year 2019/20, including analysis of payments by NHS Board area.

Main points

In 2019/20 the sum of NHSScotland non-dispensing payments made to 935 General Practices was £894.6 million, an increase of £56.8 million (6.8%) when compared to 2018/19.

  • £747.6 million was paid to General Medical Services (GMS) contracted practices run by GPs;
  • £105.2 million was paid to locally negotiated contracted practices (17C) run by GPs; and
  • £41.8 million was paid to NHS Board run practices (2C).
Image caption Total Payment by type of General Practice

Of the £894.6 million paid in 2019/20:

  • The Global Sum was the largest payment category amounting to £619.6 million to 935 General Practice.

In addition to the £894.6 million, £22.9 million was paid to 89 General Practices for dispensing services in 2019/20, similar to the previous year.


This annual release is produced by Public Health Scotland in partnership with NSS Practitioner Services and provides information on NHSScotland payments to General Practices for the financial year 2019/20. It does not provide information on General Practitioner earnings, which are published by NHS Digital (external website) every September.

Global Sum Payments are a contribution towards the contractor’s costs in delivering essential and additional services, including its staff costs.

The new GMS contract came into effect from the 1 April 2018, introducing significant increases in funding designed to support a significant change in the delivery of General Medical Services. More information about the contract can be found on the Scottish Government (external website) website.

A broad suite of information relating to General Practice in Scotland (external website) can be found on Data and Intelligence website.

Further information

Data from this publication are available from the top of this page and from the Scottish Health and Social Care Open Data Portal (external website).

The next release of this publication will be November 2021.

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Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 21 March 2024
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