DAUK asks for GPs to be paid per contact, Pulse Today reports

DAUK has written to the new health secretary Dr Thérèse Coffey asking for GPs to be paid per contact rather than per patient, reports Pulse Today.

“The DAUK demanded an ‘overdue overhaul’ of practice finance, and said: ‘Finances need to reflect the number of contacts GPs deal with, rather than the current blanket ‘per patient, per year fee’ as per the Carr-Hill formula.’

GPs should be paid for administrative time as part of the standard contract too, they said, ‘to safely deal with the mountain of documents’, as is the norm for hospital doctors.

They also advised ‘pausing all PCN activity towards extending access’, and prioritising continuity of care instead.

DAUK’s other requests included:

  • Extending sickness self-certification to 28 days
  • Allowing pharmacists to substitute prescribed medication if out-of-stock
  • Adequate training for staff under the ARRS
  • Removing revalidation in the final five years of a GPs career
  • Removal of pension cap restrictions
  • Investment in better quality IT
  • New purpose-built premises
  • Allowing practices to use extra funding as they please” 

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