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GPs can charge local authorities for safeguarding reports, says GPC

The GPC has received legal advice stating that GPs can charge local authorities for the cost of the workload involved with providing safeguarding reports.

It took legal advice after NHS England has refused to make payment of a fee mandatory, and some areas have stopped paying fees because GPs have a legal duty to provide these reports on request.

A bulletin to Cleveland LMC members said that the GPC is continuing to discuss the issue with NHS England, and took legal advice to inform discussions.

It added: 'The GPC’s position, having taken such advice, is that GPs do have an obligation to comply with their statutory safeguarding duties, but equally that they are entitled to a fee.

'GPC’s advice is, therefore, to provide the relevant services, but on the basis that a fee will be sought for the same, indicating the rate of charge ahead of the provision of the report or attendance at the case conference as the case may be.'

It added that GPs should inform the commissioners that they had provided these services, and they should expect a payment. It added: 'In the event of non-payment a claim for the fee could then be pursued.'

GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey told Pulse: 'We are clear that this is something that practices can charge a fee for, in line with collaborative arrangements, and local authorities should be paying for that as the work done.

'If practices are not securing a fee, they could be in a position to challenge that.'

Dr Vautrey said that there was no national proposal for the amount to be charged but that this was 'for the practice to determine'.

Readers' comments (7)

  • We have a 'legal duty' to provide reports for Atos, for Safeguarding, to Social workers, to the Local council and to all sorts of MDT meetings. I agree we may have some useful information to contribute to these. However, there are only 24 hours in a day and only 7 days in a week. This is not taken into account by the wise guys in NHSE who work 9-5 - if it can be called work looking at the mess they've created.

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  • They refuse to pay
    Some patients even have pip capacity and will assessments then cancel cheques

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  • Is there a way to declare that the report will be written and made available once the fee is paid?

    You can't be accused of not having done the work - you've written the report; but why should you share it before receiving payment?

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  • small claims court might be the best way to get the councils to pay what is due

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  • what has happened to 'collaborative arrangements"?

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  • Only in sunny England is one expected to slog away, day after day for little or no pay. How dare doctors charge for their time? don't they know that the benevolent public pay their wages? However for any other professionals else such as lawyers, accountants, bankers..... of course its only right and fair that they charge excessively for their efforts because their time is worth far far more than those that care for the health of society!! no wonder their is such a degradation of decency in society.

    Year after year goes by and one still sees the same headlines...... primary care over there is becoming a neverending tale of woe like old reruns of eastenders...same story line with a different depressing twist.

    Physicians heal thyselves and ditch the country comrades!!!!!

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  • We don't release anything until its paid for. If they want it fast, pay for it fast.

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