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DES agreement reached by NHS Employers, BMA and DH

17 May 2007

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NHS Employers and the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) have agreed that 2006/07 directed enhanced services (DES) for Access and for Choice and Booking will be rolled over essentially unchanged for the current year 2007/08.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the GPC, said: “This is good news as it gets rid of any uncertainty that existed about the status of these two enhanced services.”

Dr Barbara Hakin, chair of NHS Employers’ GMS negotiating team said: “These DESs deliver national priorities. Extending them for a further year will enable practices to continue their work on improving their patients’ access to services and offering them choice in their consultant outpatient appointments.”