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Pharmacy flu scheme 'leaves GPs with £4m loss'


I don't think that we as a practice are going to have unused vaccines on our hands as a result of the pharmacists carrying out 'Flu imms. In our surgery pharmacists have done around 50 out of 2 700 which is a statistically insignificant sum. However these 50 so called "hard to reach patients" are without exceptions able bodied individuals who have had regular 'Flu immunizations in the past and were consequently not exactly hard to reach OR were non at risk patients immunized privately. And then of course we have to do the work of entering the data onto the patient record as well-that's if they bother to send it. And then telling the patients "have it here and it will save your surgery the work". In other words cherry picking some easy patients, getting paid in excess for doing it and leaving us to enter the data. Cannot say that I am overly impressed with this. We as a surgery have very high coverage rates 83% of 65s last year I cannot see a pharmacy getting anywhere near this. So all of this for what? A few patients having their jab at a slightly more convenient time / place?

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17 Dec 2015

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