BMA denies £300m swine flu pay request

Details of payment for the swine flu vaccination programme could be announced later today, following a meeting between BMA negotiators and the government.

But the BMA has denied newspaper claims that funding of £300m is being sought to cover provision of vaccines.

A BMA spokeswoman told Healthcare Republic that discussions were continuing on various options for funding the programme.

A series of meetings are taking place on the issue, including one today, she said. More details may be known by the end of the day, she added.

The Times reported today a Whitehall official as saying that the BMA was seeking the equivalent of £6.92 per jab. The BMA said that the figure was not one it had ever requested.

An NHS spokesperson told Healthcare Republic that discussions were currently taking place between the GPC and NHS Employers on a range of issues, including how a flu vaccination programme might operate. He said that it would be inappropriate to comment further on the details of negotiations until these discussions were concluded.


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