Swine flu vaccination GP deal16th September 2009
Family doctors will be paid £5.25 per dose of swine flu vaccination administered under a programme expected to begin this Autumn.
The deal follows negotiations between the Department of Health, the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers.
The vaccination programme, subject to the vaccine being licensed, will target the nine million people deemed most at risk from complications such as babies, the elderly and pregnant women and is designed to reduce the number of people needing hospital and intensive care treatment.
The GP payment will come from additional DH money and is designed to help surgeries to contact patients, administer the vaccine and, if necessary, take on extra staff.
Announcing the arrangement Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: “We have used this welcome breathing space over the summer, to make sure that we are prepared for the forthcoming winter flu-season.
“The vaccine is the best line of defence against this virus and I would strongly urge all of those in the at-risk groups, as well as frontline health and social care workers to have the vaccine.”
Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s GPs Committee, said: “We are pleased we have reached a national agreement as we believe this is the best way to deliver the vaccine to the at risk population. This will be a lot of additional work for practices, but general practice is used to running large vaccination programmes.”
It is currently expected that patients will receive two doses of the vaccine but this advice may change following clinical trials.
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Title: Swine flu vaccination GP deal
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12658
Date Added: 16th Sep 2009