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GPs to earn £5.25 per swine flu jab


An agreement between the British Medical Association and Government means that GPs will be paid £5.25 for giving patients a single dose of swine-flu vaccine

Trials monitored by the NHS have indicated that a single dose will be enough to provide immunity, contrary to previous advice that two does would be required.

Vaccination is due to begin next month, starting with 13 million health workers and people in high-risk groups such as pregnant women and people with asthma and diabetes.

The Government has ordered enough vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Baxter to provide the entire UK population with two doses each. However, GSK trials indicate that one dose produces a strong immune response.

Meanwhile, says Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s GPs committee: “We are confident that GPs and their teams will have the resources they need in order to run the swine flu vaccination programme smoothly and efficiently.”


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  • I expect this will cover the purchase of the vacine, and the staff to actually give it to the patients - GPs probably won't be actually giving the vaccine - and the clinical area in which to do this.

    I wonder what the profit margins will be when all this is added up??

    I think that sometimes we are lulled into thinking that all this goes into the GPs pocket - this is not quite the whole picture.

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  • Well, the article actually states that this money will be paid to the Gp's, so I can only assume that unless this info is incorrect, then they will get it paid directly to them.

    I cant say its a surprise to me. Now Gp's can be held responsible for persuading as much of the population as possible that they need to have this vax. And as theres money in it for them, I expect we shall see lots of pestering letters and emotional blackmailing from Gp's just as we do with the childhood vaccines that they are also paid for if they reach their quota.

    Well, they've wasted their money on me and mine. We wont be taking up their offer, thanks but no thanks.

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  • yippee as a nurse partner,then I should look forward to a fantastic amount of cash dropped into my back pocket,oh but just a minute,do I have to pay the other nurses to come in to vaccinate,perhaps they will do it for nowt so thats great, get all the staff to volunteer and lets keep the cash ourselves.Well lets think about it again will receptionists,nurses,drs work for nothing I thinks that hardly unlikely so pay the money to practices and lets get on with the mass vaccination,because lets be fair pratices are geared up for vaccinations cos its one of them things that we do well.

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  • Part of my role as a Nurse Practitioner is the responsibility of organising the influenza (now swine flu) vaccination programmes; yes if you are lucky enough to have a Nurse Partner, who appreciates the extra work load required, then yes some of the joyous £5.25 per vacc will be going to the staff. However, if like me you work for rest of the Surgeries, then the work is simply swallowed up into the rest of the work load, with very little thanks. Meanwhile the majority of the money is pocketed as profit!!

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  • ''says Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s GPs committee: “We are confident that GPs and their teams will have the resources they need in order to run the swine flu vaccination programme smoothly and efficiently''

    I can assure Dr Buckman that the Community Nursing Services do NOT have the Resources they need to add this extra burden to an already hectic workload!

    We have asked for Bank Staff to assist during the campain...guess what? There's NO money! Ain't that a surprise! Maybe the GP's could give us some so that we can vaccinate 'their' patients under less stressful there's a laugh!

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  • I have to laugh when I read the responses to the GPs getting paid £5.25 per vaccine - in Ireland this week it has been an issue in the media that the Irish GPs will probably be paid a princely €38.95 (£35.86 at today's rate) for each flu jab. That is the amount payable for the seasonal flu jab,vs the UK payment of £7.51 (€8.15 by today's rate). We are all bewildered at the rates paid to GPs here for flu and other vaccines as we public health nurses will be part of teams designated to deliver the H1N1 vaccines in Mass Vaccination Clinics under protocols, but with no additional resources to cover our normal workload. This is due to the government and the HSE (Health Service Executive - comparable to the NHS in remit) recruitment embargo, ongoing for the past two years. We are losing posts across the board and it is only serving to undermine nursing as management seek to replace nurses with lower nursing grades and HCAs in some workplace settings. We are not opposed to skill mix, indeed we welcome it but not as an economic measure to save money at the expense of nurses.
    I thought you might like another perspective on nursing from another jurisdiction. Make you appreciate what we would love to have - a real NHS. Ours is based on an inequitable two-tier system where money speaks - if you have private health insurance you can queue-jump and have elective procedures done next week - the tragedy is that if you haven't then you wait - for scans, consultant appointments, and surgery/procedures. This has led to deaths in the past - acknowledged by our government in retrospect.
    Ireland is unique in Europe in having this two-tier system - we are inexorably moving towards an American-style system of healthcare provision. Our Minister for Health famously said some years ago we are spiritually closer to Boston than Berlin - how we'd relish the reverse in healthcare! (To declare my bias - I am an active member of the Irish Nurses Organisation (Nurses' Trade Union) and a member of the Irish Labour Party).

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