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97% of practices to do unplanned admissions DES in south

Close to all GP practices have signed up to do the new avoiding unplanned admissions DES in the south of England, far exceeding the take-up of 89% in the north of England.

In total, 97% of practices have signed up, and this could still rise somewhat in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire, where the NHS England area team was still uncertain whether seven practices would do the DES or not.

This comes after the London area team reported a 93% take up last week, a higher rate than the 89% take up in the north, Midlands and east.

But Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire saw the highest take up in all of the country, with just one practice each refusing the DES, leaving their overall take-up very close to 100%. In Wessex, only two practices declined.

However, the total take up as provided by NHS England to date as of 4 August remained at 90%. Hertfordshire and the south Midlands practices were least keen on the DES out of those areas presenting final figures, as only two-thirds will do the DES.

The DES is worth £20,400 to the average practice, the money sourced by scrapping 40% of the QOF for this year’s GP contract, but today Pulse could reveal only those practices ticking all of the boxes of the stringent terms will be paid.

Area team

Signed up

Total practices

% signed up

North Yorkshire23023398.7
South Yorkshire19421590.2
West Yorkshire31032894.5
Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral15917093.5
Greater Manchester48449997.0
Cumbria, Northumbria, Tyne & Wear26030485.5
Durham, Darlington & Tees15417289.5
Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country38147680.0
Shropshire and Staffordshire20824385.6
Derybshire and Nottinghamshire26327396.3
Leicestershire and Lincolnshire22624891.1
East Anglia24229282.9
Hertfordshire and the South Midlands24031775.7
North West London37640792.4
North Central and East London 52656992.4
South London43745995.2
Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire*8723437.2*
Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire19119299.5
Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly22822999.6
Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire*17018293.4*
Surrey and Sussex31134290.9
Kent and Medway25226096.9
Thames Valley24224499.2





**Take up as at 4 August 2014   
*not final figures   
Source: NHS England  



Readers' comments (3)

  • Those areas with supposed lower uptake need to be taken with a pinch of salt as here in Newcastle it seems despite the fact practices have indeed signed up the Area Team have no record of receiving the signed documents for all the practices so we have to re-send! As usual all is not what it seems

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  • No choice as they took cash from qof

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  • Rather than wasting money on checks they need some fundamental cash saving good patient care..
    3 patients a week gone in by 999 on collapse. Ie fall getting scans for possible mass , possible tumour in brain . Al. Done by juniors as consultants too busy to check so long waits as inpatients and investigations I could arrange but are not warranted on over 90s who well a GP knows

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