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GPs told to submit reports on all staff for NHS workforce survey by May


A few years ago our PCT called practice managers to a meeting about a few things one of which was the PCT demand for us to fill in a spreadsheet giving vast amounts of detail about our staff. The PCT said they needed this for workforce planning. All Practice Managers rolled their eyes at the amount of time this would take. Sound familiar? I dug my heels in. I demanded to know what decisions the PCT would make that could be affected by this data. How would those decisions be affected? What formulae, what trigger points were being used? How would inclusion of NI numbers affect any decision? How could any decision affect practices since we are all separate employers not beholden to the PCT for our staffing decisions? At first the PCT managers kept up their robotic mantra, repeating it was for workforce planning but when continually pressed for specifics they had to concede, point by point, that there were no formulae to be applied to all the data they were demanding, that no decisions were awaiting this data, that they had no actionable questions that needed this data, that there was nothing they could make us do with it. In the end the PCT managers conceded and asked for just the bare, and reasonable data – wte numbers of types of staff. It was clear the PCT was demanding just because it thought it could and not because it needed the data. That is what the GPC needs to do, but sadly they always seem to be so wishy washy and far too keen to toe the line when confronted by authority. They have absolutely no fight in them. I renounce the GPC’s right to speak or negotiate with Govt/DoH/NHS E on behalf of general practice. They have betrayed me too often.

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13 Jan 2015

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