GP dementia payment scheme will end next year, NHS confirms

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 28 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7339
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A controversial scheme that pays GPs to improve their diagnosis rates of dementia cases will not continue after next spring, the NHS has confirmed. Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, told Pulse magazine in an interview published on 26 November1 that the scheme had been a “one time catch-up opportunity” and would not be renewed.

The national enhanced service known as the Dementia Identification Scheme,2 launched last month by NHS England, pays GPs £55 for each additional patient on their list with a new diagnosis of dementia.

From the outset the scheme was intended to run only from October 2014 to March 2015, but …

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