Massive jab overhaul hits GPs

GPs face a 'massive' expansion in the vaccination schedule from this summer, as details emerge of payment for the MMR catch-up campaign.

The DH has set out UK-wide plans for shingles, rotavirus and flu vaccines from September, alongside the MMR drive and meningitis C vaccination changes (see box below).

GP leaders have urged health authorities to help GPs, warning practices may need to hire extra staff.

GPs will be paid £1.50 per patient to offer MMR to children aged 10-16 who have not had both doses. Payment for vaccinating children aged up to 15 is included in the global sum. GPs will be paid £7.64 per dose for over-16s.

Talks on pay for vaccinating two-year-olds against flu are continuing.GPC Scotland chairman Dr Alan McDevitt said the 'massive' schedule would be tough, but practices would rise to the challenge: 'It's a lot in one year - a massive change. But we have to find a way,' he said.

Dr McDevitt said GPC Scotland backed changes to vaccinations, but warned that it would be hard for practices. He said flu vaccines for two-year-olds were likely to affect workload most. Around 650,000 two-year-olds will need the jab from September in England alone, on top of existing vaccinations.

Dr McDevitt said practices may jointly hire nurses to manage the extra workload.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said more funding for MMR would have been good, but the deal was a 'step in the right direction' after recent pay cuts.

UK's vaccination plans

MMR

What? Catch-up campaign for children aged 10-16 in England, children aged 10-17 in Scotland

When? Now

Pay In England, £1.50 to invite each at-risk child aged 10-16 for a jab, £7.64 per dose to vaccinate patients aged 16 and over.

Influenza

What? New nasal vaccination plan for two-year-olds

When? From September 2013

Pay Under discussion

Shingles

What? New vaccination programme for people aged 70-79

When? From September 2013

Pay £7.63 per patient

Rotavirus

What? New vaccination scheme for children under four months

When? From July 2013

Pay £7.63 per patient in England and Northern Ireland, £7.67 in Scotland and Wales

Meningitis C

What? Teenage jab for 12- and 13-year-olds replaces booster at four months old

When? From September 2013

Pay Under discussion

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