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GPs should only resume routine work if it is ‘safe’ to do so, says NHS England


i'm pleased to hear that we are being given discretion to decide how and when we undertake routine work. this cannot be a one size fits all model. GPs have to (as they always should) be able to decide what is appropriate for them, their patients, and their staff - in their local area facing their local challenges. Some areas will have high rates of covid with a vulnerable population, others will have lower rates, and their population may be less at risk. so we need to be given the freedom to decide how we manage our work. less top down control, more autonomy, support structures from NHSE/ CCG when we ask for it. its not that hard. Frankly, nothing can ever be completely safe, and we'd be in total abdication of our responsibilities if we refused to see patients (even routine issues) until it was totally safe. I've not met many GPs who would advocate that. We are very capable of risk assessing our own staff, and working together for the good of patients. i'm not even going to begin to discuss group consultations via zoom. is that put in to goad us?!?

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19 May 2020

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