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Axe the £55 payment for dementia diagnosis, say doctors

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6614 (Published 06 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6614
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Leading doctors and health campaigners have written an open letter to NHS leaders calling for the withdrawal of a new scheme that pays GPs in England £55 (€70; $90) for every new diagnosis of dementia over the next five months.

The letter to Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, and Alistair Burns, national clinical lead for dementia, acknowledges that diagnosing dementia is “a …

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