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Brian Kerr

  • Government to ease red tape for Australian GPs to work in the NHS

    Brian Kerr's comment 24 Aug 2018 9:55am

    Like there is a tsunami of Australian GPs wanting to come to Blighty and save the day.Chuckle. Chuckle

  • GPs asked to lobby MPs over 'bombardment' of patient data requests

    Brian Kerr's comment 13 Aug 2018 10:23am

    We could ALL refuse to do it or alternatively here is a copy of a letter which a colleague came across and we now use when requeats are made

    Dear

    Thank you for your Subject Access Request (SAR) on behalf of . I note the signed consent of the patient for you to make this request.

    I am writing to clarify the purpose of this SAR and whether the information you are requesting should be more properly requested under the Access to Medical Reports Act (AMRA) 1988, for which a recommended process is available as agreed with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) as below:
    https://www.abi.org.uk/globalassets/sitecore/files/documents/publications/public/2017/health/requesting-and-obtaining-medical-information-electronically.pdf
    specifically:
    “In July 2015, the use of SARs for insurance purposes was reviewed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who expressed concerns regarding this process and possible Data Protection issues that it could potentially create”.

    Also, clause 181 of the Data Protection Bill (currently in Parliament) will extend the offence of “enforced subject access” to cover medical records.

    I would be grateful if you could confirm whether your request for a SAR is appropriate noting that, as a GDPR compliant Data Controller, the practice should only process requests for the release of personal data that are proportionate and relevant, and not excessive, in relation to the purpose for which this information is required. We may refer this request to the ICO for clarification.

    Yours sincerely,

  • Almost two-thirds of GP practices will see funding boost from new contract

    Brian Kerr's comment 13 Nov 2017 11:01am

    Really is this the best they could do?? I dont know any whole time GPs earning £80K. Who is going to go to medical school and train to be a gp for this salary? Does Alan Mc Devitt think this is a realistic figure?? We get access to treatment rooms though and can get bloods and dressings done.Game changer! What about access to MRIs, Echos, BNP etc. How about the government and their advisors use their imagination. Have we really waited all this time for this rubbish. How about a tax free allowance (up to 20K say) for doctors working out of hours. That would recruit and retain better than this nonsence. How about empowering GPs rather than deskilling. I know what way I will be voting.