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Networks to receive 45p per patient less through DES for providing extended hours

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I had to take a few minutes to get my head around all of these statements. What I think they are saying: 1. As extended hours is only at 76% of the population then extending it to 100% with the same money will cut the rate from £1.90 per head to £1.45 2. To compensate for this £30m is going into the global sum. This could have been added to extended hours to keep the rate at £1.90 but this was not done for some reason. 3. That £30m also covers the 111 appointment booking. We are spending this twice. 4. If you are in a network then 100% coverage is mandated (probably, yet to see the DES). If only some practices in your network provide the service they are likely to be miffed at only getting £1.45 and might ask for a bit of the other practices global sums, although that is also for 111. This will ensure networks start with bicking about money. 5. If you are not part of a network pratices that are in a network will get £1.45 for extended hours for your patients. They are unlikely to be able to persuade you to chip in and you can keep your share of the £30m (about 45p/patient)

Posted date

14 Mar 2019

Posted time

11:47am

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