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CCGs' duty to help prevent terrorism comes into force

CCGs will from today be required by law to act to prevent terror radicalisation, including spotting signs of radicalisation.

The ‘Prevent duty’, introduced as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, requires health bodies as well as schools, local authorities, prisons and police to have ‘due regard to preventing people from being drawn into terrorism’.

The duty will mean that the health sector should ensure that training is provided to frontline staff to ensure that, where there are signs that someone has been or is being drawn into terrorism, the healthcare worker can interpret those signs correctly and is aware of and can locate support for them, the Home Office said.

The Home Office has told Pulse that the duty does not extend to GP practices.

However, as Pulse reported last year, NHS England sent guidance to practices in light of the Prevent duty which said they would have to appoint a counter-terrorism lead in order to apply for enhanced services. At the time, GP leaders warned this was a ‘totally pointless gimmick’.

Security minister John Hayes said: ‘We have seen all too starkly and tragically the dangers of radicalisation and the devastating impact it can have on individuals, families and communities. The new Prevent duty is about protecting people from the poisonous and pernicious influence of extremist ideas that are used to legitimise terrorism.

‘Protecting those who are vulnerable and at risk of radicalisation needs to be a job for all of us. The new duty will make sure key bodies across the country play their part and work in partnership.’

Updated 14:30, 1 July 2015. This story originally said that the duty directly applied to GP practices. This is not the case. Apologies for confusion caused.

Readers' comments (11)

  • Vinci Ho

    Here we go again , folks.
    If you haven't watched it, can dig out all nine seasons of 24 and four seasons of Homeland(5th coming in September ), learn all the skills, we will need them , Wow, agent Hunt will be so proud of us......

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  • Precisely the sort of nonsense that should elicit a robust refusal to co-operate. BMA?

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  • GP leaders warned this was a ‘totally pointless gimmick’.

    "Pointless" as in an alternative TV programme

    i thought i was meant to be a doctor but have to be on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week looking for terrorists.

    MI5 where is my job application form?

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  • And how do we spot radicalisation? Recently growing a beard? Someone flying to Turkey? A Muslim adolescent becoming withdrawn?

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  • Are we going for combat and espionage courses to MI6?
    Or is RCGP going to organize this and logistics will be provided by CCGs.
    Sometimes you think that the powers to be actually could do with colon irrigation extending to the convoluted gyrae of the brain to add sense to wise talk.

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  • Isnt this policy actually a product of a serious bout of colonic irrigation for the powers that be handed down to their minions to deal with.

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  • Just trying to make it legally someone else's fault? Can they give practical examples of how, exactly, CCGs will be expected to recognise this and what action is to be taken? I can't see why GPs would be in any sort of special position in terms of detecting terrorist activities

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  • While GP's spotting and dealing with terrorism, MI5 take over surgerys, prescribe antibiotics and refer patients to have arthroscopies by unhappy orthopods. Punters happy to have second opinion by more noctors, the world is a happy place. bless

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  • I'll consider it when they give me an acceptable idea what 'radicalisation' actually means, without it being a generalised mark of suspicion against the millions of respectable muslims that work hard for their families and local communities.

    and then i'll say no.

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  • This all reminds me uncomfortably of 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand, which (in the fifties) depicted a slightly futuristic dystopian US in which companies were there to do just about anything social instead of actually producing goods or services: in other words, they were there for anything other than their primary purpose. meanwhile, the real inventors, prime movers and leading lights have withdrawn from mainstream society.
    Life imitates art.

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