Dispensing fees to drop from October

Dispensing fees are set to be cut significantly from 1 October, the DoH is expected to announce next week.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey told GP that the new fee scale for dispensers would be announced, and that a 'significant clawback' was expected.

'It will mean the fee scale for dispensing doctors will drop for the second half of this year,' he said. 'It will drop from 1 October.' He said it would not be a double-digit percentage drop, but that it was significant.

However, he said the fee scale would rise again next April, and that a revised mechanism had been agreed that the BMA believed was fairer.

'When it goes up in April, we have agreed the mechanism by which they have calculated the uplift,' Dr Bailey said.

He told GP that the mechanism would include recognition of the wider Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body pay award to the profession, and an uplift on the dispensing prescribing budget for the year.


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