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Medical practices across England may now be required to pay for removal of their trade waste as the NHS seeks to slash its discretionary payments.
In the past, the cost of trade waste removal had been covered by the majority of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) – but reimbursement of these costs is gradually being withdrawn.
According to Pulse, GP leaders have lambasted NHS England for the “not inconsiderable” cost and claimed this outlay will heap substantial financial pressure on practices.
Dr David Geddes, Head of Primary Care Commissioning at NHS England, said: “We are aware that many PCTs and subsequently area teams have reviewed the arrangements for paying trade waste, and a number have now taken the decision to no longer offer reimbursements as a result of competing priorities for primary care resource.”
Dr Bob Morley, chair of the GPC contracts and regulations subcommittee added: “Different PCTs had different arrangements. There is an obligation under the regulations to reimburse disposing clinical waste, but that doesn’t apply to trade waste.”
Of course, aside from these fresh concerns over trade waste removal, practices across the UK are required to follow correct and proper management of clinical waste, given the strict legislation in place to avoid harm to human health and the environment.
Here at Initial Medical, we supply clinical waste services to organisations just like yours, in an effort to ensure you don’t fall foul of the regulations governing this area.
If you would like to learn more about clinical waste legislation and the wide range of disposal services we offer, please get in touch with a member of our team today – we’d be delighted to help.
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