DoH Hib funds are millions short

GP practices and PCTs in England may have to foot an NHS bill of millions of pounds if they carry out the DoH Hib-booster catch-up campaign.

DoH Hib funds are millions short
DoH Hib funds are millions short

The DoH says it will distribute £800,000 between PCTs to help pay for the jabs. This is equivalent to around £90 per practice.

But up to 1.5 million children could be eligible for the extra vaccine between September 2007 and March 2009, costing health providers an estimated £3.5 million to £11.9 million, if not more.

The DoH wants all children born between 13 March 2003 and 3 September 2005 to be given a Hib booster before they start school.

Although a lot of the work will be carried out in GP practices, CMO for England Sir Liam Donaldson says there will be no amendment to the childhood immunisation scheme directed enhanced service (DES) for 2007.

Moreover, if the booster dose means children need to be called in for an additional immune appointment, whether or not GPs get paid will be left to the discretion of each PCT.

The full story will be printed in GP newspaper 3 August 2007

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