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LMC draws up 'work creep' list to publicise GPs' inappropriate workload

An LMC has drawn up a list of inappropriate requests that GPs are having to contend with in a bid to empower practitioners to resist them.

The requests – including rehousing support requests, post-procedure results checks and ‘Bedroom Tax’ exemption letters – form Cleveland LMC’s ‘work creep’ list, which is sent to GPs in its weekly bulletins.

The demands – which are not funded by the GP contract – have been partly blamed for increasing GP burnout, which is the subject of a Pulse campaign to raise awareness of the problem both within and outside of the profession.

Dr John Canning, secretary of the Cleveland LMC, said: ‘All of us know that these things happen, but everyone thinks that it’s only them.’

‘This is a service that we are providing to our members so that they know what is reasonable and what isn’t. However, we think that the list has value beyond a local level.’

Readers' comments (6)

  • This shouldnt been local it should be national.

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  • Bob Hodges

    Let's see it then......

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  • the link is here.

    http://www.clevelandlmc.org.uk/Cleveland_Guidance/work_creep-20.05.13.pdf

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  • patients asked supporting letter for following;
    Mum help her daughter to use nebuliser- asked for carers allowence.
    child suffering with eczema- asked for letter to get tax rebate on water bills.
    person suffering with schizophrnia want 3 bed room house, because his mum helps him to take his medications, but he do hold a driving licence.
    many times housing authorities tells people to get gp letter to speed up the process or if they want bigger house.

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  • How about letter supporting child getting place in a school with more trees in playground - to reduce sun exposure!!

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  • Can you really refuse to write an NHS script against a private one?

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