posted on Sep, 28 2009 @ 08:36 PM
GPs to be paid £5.25 per jab for swine flu vaccine
Family doctors have secured a deal with the government over their payments for giving patients a swine flu jab, it was announced , allowing the final
arrangements for vaccination to be put in place.
GPs will be paid £5.25 for each jab they give. The wrangle over payments has been going on all summer. Doctors represented by the British Medical
Association appear to have reduced their demands from an initial level of almost £7 a shot. They are paid £7.50 a patient to give the seasonal flu
Although the government has ordered enough vaccine for the entire population, the vaccination programme expected to begin in the autumn – once the
vaccine receives a licence – will target the 9 million people most at risk from swine flu, the government said today.
Whether the rest of the population is then offered a jab will depend on the evolution of the pandemic, it said. If it continues to be mild,
vaccination will not be introduced universally.
GPs stand to gain more than £42m, which they say will be spent on contacting patients, administering the vaccine and if necessary taking on extra
staff. A statement from the Department of Health noted that "the vaccine will reduce the number of people needing hospital and intensive care
treatment and save the NHS money in the long run".
The health secretary, Andy Burnham, said the deal was "great news for patients". He added: "I am glad that we have reached a fair deal with the GPC
[general practitioners' committee of the BMA] and I am pleased that GPs will continue to play a key role in the fight against swine flu. They have
already worked incredibly hard in what have been very difficult circumstances to help their patients."