The debate will be posted on the BMA website and I encourage people to watch it. I was in the room. It was a high quality debate. In the Pulse poll, 40% said they “didn’t know” so I think the headline is slightly misleading as a formal poll would have included more education about the deal. The one question I have is: if not this deal, what deal would we have? The motion smacked of the Tories expecting the EU to reopen negotiations on Brexit.
I'm so relieved to see they've ditched any guarantee of seeing a GP within X hours of phoning! Sounds like they've finally listened that we just need better resourced & staffed general practice, and not gimmicks that are impossible to deliver.
The main issue with this is that the police issue the license whether or not we reply. This means that effectively we cannot charge for this non-contracted service. I believe this is extremely dangerous as a GP who knows a complicated patient well could be on a fortnight's leave when the letter arrives. The police should increase the fee to enable them to pay GPs for the report, or they should stop issuing licenses automatically
Seriously tempted to invoice TPP for the extra time this will take to sort out. Hilariously we've now been informed that the original tasks sent out were incorrect. Still waiting for new tasks, with no Qrisk calculator available in Systmone. #unimpressed
To those who couldn't believe that I was part of the "12%", please read my previous pulse blog on a "dystopian view of general practice" - I do think the new contract will have (slightly) more money attached to it, as the DH will progressively defund PMS & GMS to pay for it! #humbug
I'm pretty sure hospitals pay for crown indemnity. There's a Quango who risk assesses trusts and charges accordingly. Not sure things are straight forward. Unfortunately.
Now that NICE has lowered its threshold to 3%, this really dose pose a significant risk to patients. "Suspected cancer" sounds to a layman "I think you do have cancer" whereas 3% means "you might have cancer, but probably not!"
This is awful. Would salaried or principal GPs get "death in service" payments if it was a day off? If so, the regulations must be amended.
Does CQC have enough inspectors to duplicate inspections?
Motion going to BMA Annual Representatives Meeting in June has a motion proposed by my division criticising CQC for reports of aggressive tactics and calling on the CQC to ensure every inspection includes a GP inspector.