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NHS England places caps on reimbursement rates for Easter opening

NHS England has announced the rates at which GP practices can be reimbursed for staff it needs to put on to open over the Easter weekend.

It has previously told practices that they should treat Good Friday and Easter Monday as regular working days.

NHS England has capped the fees GPs can be reimbursed at:

  • Sessional GPs: up to a maximum of £250 a session or £500 per day;
  • Overtime for salaried GPs in line with the individual’s contractual arrangements;
  • Additional capacity from GP Partners to recognise up to two additional sessions on each of Good Friday and Easter Monday at a rate of £289 per session plus applicable employer National Insurance and pension costs;
  • Overtime for non-GP practice staff in line with the individual’s contractual arrangements.

'Practices should discuss with their local commissioner the level of service required on bank holidays and agree in advance what additional staffing costs will be reimbursed,' NHS England said in a bulletin to GP practices.

A new 'general practice Covid support fund' will be set up from which funding will be drawn, it added, details of which would be shared 'soon'.

Readers' comments (12)

  • Pathetic,they have mined the good will seam on GP land well and truely dry.Insulting.

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  • Interesting. So the inference is that they are keen for existing GPs to do the sessions as the rates with pension etc are much higher than that for a sessional GP.

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  • simples ! as a locum, for a practice managed by the health authority, work out how far the capped amount will stretch, then contract to do that many hours. for a "normal" practice, i, personally, would go the extra mile to help colleagues out, but for the (mis)managed practices, just refuse the work.

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  • and the reimbursement for practice costs, OOH payments, insurance cover etc etc etc?

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  • and yet MPs are to receive £10,000 to cover working from home during the crisis. bless them , how will they ever manage ?

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  • thank you David J. That sounds an option for the future.

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  • NHSE are as ever talking bollox and breaking the law.

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  • How to win friends and influence people NHSE, your just pushing more towards the door and Locum Land,hope you have a plan B that works.Your success rate up to now hasn't been to good.NO GOOD WILL.Thanks for the homeopathic PPE by the way.

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  • Turn out the lights

    after the apalling treatment meted out to me in 2006, when i had a dvt in my right (dominant) arm, and a haemoglobin of 5, i resigned from my high earning, single handed, rural, dispensing practice. this has now been closed (by the health authority), and all the locals are very upset (though not with me). i now do locums two days a week (which was what i wanted to do in 2006, but i was told "you're either working or you're not - get on with it".

    i have to say i'm now as happy as a pig in shit - no diktats from the LHB(same as PCT in england), no staff issues, no fishing trips from solicitors, who expect copies of notes for nothing (that i have to pay for), no silly meetings i'm expected to attend (without pay for GPs, though the "nosy parker brigade" get a fat fee for attending), no QOF, etc etc etc etc holidays and time off when i like, can work where and when i like, set my own fees etc etc etc.

    honestly - come and try it, all of you !!

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  • p.s - and as for "goodwill" - that went out of the window when ken clarke uttered the famous words "i want gp practices to run like small businesses"

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