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National Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Scheme

Below is a self-explanatory message from the GPC. Bearing in mind the utter shambles of our local “pilot” scheme last year and the problems it caused for practices’ own tried and tested flu campaigns I have no doubt that many of you will be extremely angry about this.

I have asked GPC to confirm the extent to which it has been consulted over this and that also, in addition to any request to review funding for GP-provided vaccination it must do all it can to ensure that this national scheme does not result in the same problems for practices as was experienced locally in the last flu season.

If any practice wishes to send in any comments for GPC on this matter, perhaps referencing the problems encountered during our local pilot , I will forward them directly to GPC. Please do though make sure that they are worded so that I do not need to edit them first!

Subject: Pharmacists delivering flu vaccines

It has been announced that from September 2015, adult at-risk patients will be able to access seasonal flu vaccinations in participating community pharmacies. Pharmacy staff will be expected to identify eligible patients and encourage them to be vaccinated. There will be a payment of £7.64 per vaccination administered, with an additional £1.50 payment in recognition of costs incurred such as training, revalidation and disposal of clinical waste.

The GPC will request that the fee for this service for GPs is now reviewed given that pharmacists do not have responsibilities for record keeping or call/recall procedures that GPs have.

More information about this is available on the BMA website via the following link:
http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/gp-practices/service-provision/vaccination/pharmacist-flu-vaccines

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