Don’t understand the logic in this. If covid patient should be seen at hot hub not here! They will all need retriaging to avoid this or what was point of getting hot hubs!
NHSE dither and delay for weeks re this. GPs instructed to do in over Easter Weekend! Another fail from NHSE.
Anyone coming into contact with covid patients needs to be tested weekly regardless of symptoms. To do otherwise undermines social distancing and will spread the virus. We have been disgracefully slow with testing. It will no doubt cost large numbers of lives of health professionals, their families and their patients.
Is this letter actually wise or sensible. I find it very unlikely many or any of the very high risk patients don’t already know it. Beware the unspoken message you send to those who don’t get the letter and how they may then take social distancing less seriously. To me this is just doing something for the sake of it and I suspect will be counterproductive
Better late than never but ridiculously, ludicrously late.
So instead of sensible measures to give current frontline staff more time such as suspend CQC, QOF, appraisal, online booking and routine health checks. We are left with farcical plans to rope in the retired and the not yet safely trained. What a mess, shame on those who come up with this nonsensical plans and shame on the BMA, RCGP, etc for not calling them out on it. Completely outrageous and unfair to expect pensioners and students to try and fill holes created by NHS leaders who dither and delay decision making. PS any signs of PPE?!
A problem created by yourself and the government Mr Stevens. What are you going to do about it? If pension rules remain full time partners will become an endangered species.
Not a surprise and many out of hours services throughout the country struggle to get adequate GP cover whilst full time GPs like myself who may have helped won’t even look at doing any due to the current pension issues. This has been going on for far too long and cost the NHS huge amounts of GP time.
Any evidence that doing another check would yield any better outcomes? Surely if the test is the problem doing another one is not likely to significantly improve the results.
This contact is another nail in the coffin of GP partnership.
If this is the best on offer we should have walked away and taken industrial action. Sad to see the profession seemingly willing to lay down and give up.
Petty and vindictive measure, which is not remotely helpful.
At best a complete waste of time. In reality will be used by media as a stick to beat us with. Another way the government to discourage us working more, can easily see people refusing extra/cutting sessions due to this. I cannot see any good that will come out of it.
I guess the genius would be it would stop other countries recognising UK medical degrees and stop people leaving as easily as no other country is going to think this is a sensible idea. In all seriousness is a pharmacist likely to spend 3 years retraining to take a pay cut for likely 5 years minimum as a junior doctor?
PCNs have achieved nothing so far other than frankly wasting a lot of people’s time, which could have been far better spent on virtually anything else. The concept is dead as far as many GPs are concerned including me. Personally I would not consider routine GP care home reviews as good value for money or good use of a finite workforce
How can a company allow 75% of records to be out of date and maintain its contract. It utterly is beyond complete incompetence. My pension hasn’t been updated for years PCSE are utterly useless. Capita has to go and be banned from holding any government contracts going forward
I agree scrapping PCNs not renegotiation is the way forward. RCGP again failing to reflect the views of many of its members.
PCNs are an awful idea, please RCGP for once understand and reflect what most GPs think and that is them scrapped and a complete renegotiation of this failed contract and concept.
I’d suggest he get a move on while there’s still some full time GPs left.
I agree what’s needed is full time committed partners. However, the current pension rules mean the finances of this simply do not work. Premises and pensions are two huge issues facing general practice that a competent and motivated government could fix very rapidly if they choose to do so. Doubt anyone will though.