A letter from the Doctors’ Association UK GP Committee to Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, and NHS leaders has warned that surgeries may be deterred from participating in delivery of the covid vaccine if the costs of hiring extra staff, laying on transport to vaccination hubs, installing fridges and reconfiguring surgeries to cope with the flow of patients are only paid retrospectively.
Dr Vinesh Patel warned.
This is a huge undertaking and poses a significant financial risk to primary care, who will have to shoulder the financial burden,” the letter says. “We cannot ask this of GPs when so much is at stake nationally… There needs to be a higher fee to acknowledge the huge ask and realistic costs of this programme.
Renting buildings with enough space to ensure social distancing and adequate parking could push practices to the brink.
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