Practices to earn £55 per extra patient diagnosed with dementia
21 October 2014, GP Online
Practices signed up to an enhanced service are to be offered £55 per extra patient diagnosed with dementia as part of NHS England's plans to significantly boost numbers diagnosed with the condition.
Wessex LMCs chief exective Dr Nigel Watson said the scheme was ‘politically driven’ rather than to the benefit of patient care.
He said: ‘I'm not sure it’s going to have the impact the government hopes it will. I think there's an element of list cleaning, and many practices have already done this in the last few years. Personally, I'd have rather seen them put the money somewhere else.’
He warned that many patients will only be seen by memory clinics six to nine months after GP referral, meaning the six-month limit of the enhanced service could work against GPs and leave their hard work ineffective.
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