Vulnerable patient fear as DoH cuts flu quality points

GPs fear that the DoH push to cut quality points for flu will put vulnerable patients at risk.

Currently, GPs can earn up to 18 quality points for vaccinating patients with CHD, TIA or stroke, diabetes or COPD.

But the DoH wants these points dropped because it feels they are duplicated in the influenza and pneumococcal directed enhanced service (DES).

Under the DES, GPs are rewarded for giving flu vaccines to 70 per cent of patients aged 65 and over at the end of the financial year, those in nursing homes as well as those with chronic respiratory disease, CHD, chronic renal disease, diabetes and those being immunosuppressed.

But the GPC has argued that dropping the points will put vulnerable patients at risk.
The points remain in the current DoH deal but might be dropped if the imposed deal goes ahead.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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