GPs in Derbyshire have won a dispute against the NHS. This could have huge ramifications for practices that are all up and down the country. The Littlewick Medical Centre won over £27,000 from the NHS and this is because they refused to give them the reimbursement payment they needed to cover their children’s vaccinations. The NHS chose to withhold the payment because they believe that the practice submitted their claims on the manual NHS system as opposed to the new online system. Those who work in doctor jobs will know what a disaster this can be.
When you look at the Family Health Services Appeals Unit, which is the primary care section of the NHS Litigation Authority, you will find that they have ruled in favour of the practice. They have also stated that the communication system that has changed over the years is just not efficient.
The NHS have paid the money that was owned and Dr. Gail Walton, who is a senior partner over at Littlewick has stated that this is a very significant movement for all of those who live in Derbyshire. Childhood immunisations are incredibly important and the fact that they are going to carry on doing this for as long as they can. They can however, only do this if they get the right funding but it does look like they came out on top here. Of course, there is no telling whether or not other practices will go on to follow in their footsteps and make claims themselves or not, but only time will tell. By the looks of things, everything looks to be going very well but there is no telling whether this will be the case or not until the NHS deal with more cases like this.