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Dispensing fees to fall by 33.4p from October

DDA urges members to lobby in light of COVID 'penalty'

October 3rd 2021

Tagged: DM Zone news DDA news England Wales

By DDA CEO Matthew Isom

Dispensing fees will fall by an average of 33.4p (15.6 per cent) from October 1, in order to deliver the agreed dispensing envelope of total dispensing fees for England (and applied to Wales).

The fall in the October feescale reflects an emerging overspend in relation to the agreed dispensing envelope, which the DDA believes is due to increased dispensing volumes due to COVID. Compared to October 2020, the October feescale represents a 24 per cent cut in dispensing fees. This comes despite ‘no financial detriment’ pledges made by NHS England during COVID and significant representations made by the DDA.

The DDA would urge members to use this template letter to write to MPs to raise awareness of the importance of the dispensing fee to dispensing practices.

It is proposed that the April 2022 feescale will increase dispensing fees by an average 27.6p (15.25%).

Practices should note the change to the dispensing fee bands effective from October 2021.

FEESCALES       
Total prescriptions
calculated separately for each individual
dispensing practitioner, in bands
April 21 Fee/prescription Change p (%)
vs Oct 20
Total prescriptions calculated
separately for each individual
in bands
 

 

October 21

Change p (%) vs April 21

 

 

April 22

 

 

Change p (%) vs Oct 21

Up to 461230.7 -25.5 (9.9)Up to 457194.8-35.9 (-15.6)224.529.7 (15.2)
462 – 577227.4 -25.1 (9.9)458-573192-35.4 (-15.6)221.329.3 (15.3)
578 – 694224.4 -24.8 (9.9)574-689189.5-34.9 (-15.6)218.428.9 (15.3)
695 – 809221.5 -24.5 (9.9)690-802187.1-34.4 (-15.5)215.628.5 (15.2)
810 – 925218.9 -24.2 (9.9)803-918184.8-34.1 (-15.6)21328.2 (15.3)
926 – 1039216.6 -23.9 (9.9)919-1031182.9-33.7 (-15.6)210.827.9 (15.3)
1040 – 1444214.3 -23.7 (9.9)1032-1433180.9-33.4 (-15.6)208.527.6 (15.3)
1445 – 2022212.3 -23.5 (9.9)1434-2006179.3-33 (-15.5)206.627.3 (15.2)
2023 – 2310210.4 -23.3 (9.9)2007-2292177.7-32.7 (-15.5)204.827.1 (15.3)
2311 – 2888208.8 -23.1 (9.9)2293-2866176.3-32.5 (-15.6)203.226.9 (15.3)
2889 – 3465207.4 -22.9 (9.9)2867-3438175.1-32.3 (-15.6)201.826.7 (15.2)
3466 – 4044206.1 -22.8 (9.9)3439-4012174.1-32 (-15.5)200.626.5 (15.2)
4045 – 4618205.0 -22.7 (9.9)4013-4583173.1-31.9 (-15.6)199.526.4 (15.3)
4619 and over204.3 -22.6 (9.9)4584+172.531.8 (-15.6)198.826.3 (15.2)

The feescale has also been placed in the members’ only library of SFEs.