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Reimbursement “unfit for purpose” BMA chief told

2017 DDA conference speaker raises dispensing issues to top of BMA political agenda

June 19th 2017

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By Ailsa Colquhoun

Newly-elected BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul has been told that “it is essential that the reimbursement regulations for dispensing doctors are made fit for purpose once again”.

GPC policy lead for dispensing issues and 2017 DDA conference speaker Dr David Bailey has told the new BMA chief that “the current situation where some medicines can be dispensed at a loss cannot continue”. He said:  We need to restore a level playing field for dispensing GPs and their patients.”

Dr David Bailey, who will be speaking at the 2017 DDA 2017 Annual Conference, is a long-time supporter of the DDA. Dr Bailey graduated from Cardiff University and has been a GP partner in the Rhymney Valley South Wales since 1986 – a practice that was part-dispensing for 20 years. He was elected to GPC UK in 2004 and a year prior to that became deputy chair of GPC Wales before being elected chair in 2007 and joining the UK negotiating team where his responsibilities included dispensing.

As part of his interest in dispensing matters David led the negotiations which led to the fee-scale agreement common to England and Wales as are all the dispensing regulations. At the DDA conference 2017 Dr Bailey will be speaking on the “coalface of medico-politics”.

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