DH reveals dispensing practices to receive thousands in reimbursement

The DH has released details of how much practices will be paid as part of the £10m reimbursement to dispensing practices.

Dr Baker: 'Its money we were owed. It was an underpayment and we're very pleased we have reached an agreement.'
Dr Baker: 'Its money we were owed. It was an underpayment and we're very pleased we have reached an agreement.'

The figures reveal that over 200 practices across England will receive over £10,000, with a practice in Cornwall receiving over £30,000. 

Hundreds more will receive thousands of pounds, while over 7,000 practices can expect to receive up to £1,000. Practices whose payment is below £2.50 will not receive a payment.

The money will be awarded to dispensing doctors and GPs who personally administered items such as flu jabs during 2010/11.

In a letter to PCTs across England, Richard Armstrong, head of primary care development for the DH, said that the DH had provided PCTs with sufficient funds to make the payments ‘as soon as possible in the 2012/13 year’.

The payment come after the DH agreed to revise the formula that is used to calculate the remuneration paid to dispensing doctors.

In March NHS Employers, the Dispensing Doctors’ Association (DDA) and the GPC agreed that £10m would be paid to practices in England in lieu of any underpayments in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Chief executive officer of the DDA Dr David Baker said: 'Its money we were owed. It was an underpayment and we're very pleased we have reached an agreement.'

In his letter Mr Armstrong said: ‘This payment is in recognition that dispensing fees were not increased in 2011 and that there was an underspend against the feescale envelope in 2010-11.

‘In line with the position, the negotiators agreed, and ministers accepted, the £10 million is being distributed across practices in proportion to the dispensing and personally administered fees earned by each practice during 2010-11.’

  • 267 practices will receive over £10,000
  • 431 practices will receive between £5,000 and £9,999
  • 399 practices will receive between £1,000 and £4,974
  • 7,084 practices will receive up to £996
  • 49 practice will receive £0

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