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£55 dementia bonus for GPs 'a step too far'

The Patients Association has condemned plans to pay GPs a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia as "a step too far".

NHS England confirmed family doctors would receive the cash under a new scheme in what is understood to be the first national initiative to reward doctors for diagnosing patients with a condition.

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Cash-for-diagnosis dementia plan 'an ethical travesty'

The former head of the Royal College of GPs has said proposals to pay doctors to diagnose dementia are "an intellectual and ethical travesty".

Dr Iona Spence's comments were echoed by Surrey GP Dr Martin Brunet, who told healthcare magazine Pulse the idea "creates a major conflict of interest that is frankly unethical".

According to the Daily Telegraph, GPs in some parts of the country could be paid as much as £200 per diagnosis under the plan.

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