Wales unveils directed enhanced services details

Details of Wales' menu of directed enhanced services (DESs) have finally been announced.

David Bailey
David Bailey

The £16 million package will fund a range of additional services including Wales' extended hours DES, which will pay GPs £1.90 per patient.

Although the payment is lower than England and Scotland's £2.95 per patient, the Welsh DES is more flexible in terms of staffing arrangements and only requires 20 extra minutes per 1,000 patients instead of 30.

GPs and local health boards will select the most appropriate DESs for their area from a menu including care of patients with diabetes, the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees, and services for care home residents. 

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey described the package as ‘a good deal for patients' and said it would help deliver a better service for patients in Wales.

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