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GPs get on performers list after Pulse highlights six-month waits

Two GPs who were left unable to practice for months because of delays processing their performers list applications have now been registered after Pulse highlighted their cases.

Dr Thanujah Yogarajah and Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi were finally placed on the performers list in the last two weeks after months of frustration with the registration process, which is part of the support services contract awarded to Capita by NHS England.

Dr Bakshi qualified in London and only needed to update her status from being registered as a trainee but had received no word from Capita and had been refused work as a result of the delay.

She said she had been approached by Capita within hours of Pulse contacting the Capita ahead of the article published 20 February, though she had not received written confirmation at the time.

Dr Yogarajah qualified as a GP in Wales in August 2016 and was required to apply to join the English performers list – which also required her to repeat child safeguarding protocols and attend a face-to-face interview.

She had spent months trying to register and had been forced to return to Wales to work as a locum GP in her old practice because of the delays.

But last week she told Pulse: ‘Good news, I am finally on the English Performers list! [It was] confirmed today.’

She added she was ‘still in shock’ and in need of a holiday but could now suitably demonstrate her ‘resilience’ when applying for GP jobs in future.

In the original article Pulse highlighted that the GPC had been contacted by several other GPs in similar positions and was reviewing their cases.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Vinci Ho

    Well done , Nigel and Pulse(some cynics might still say you are blowing your horns too loud):
    Remember how a blacksmith hammers the red hot steel really hard to forge a sword or an axe-head.
    Capita is the bloody red hot steel!

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  • Problem is with PCAs refusing to return GPs to the Performers list even after they have been cleared of pending issues by the GMC. A GP colleague who 'got funny' with a local PCA was reported for being paranoid but after assessment ruled he was sane he has had trouble getting on to the Performers. Probably his sanity drove some local bosses into insanity.

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  • AlanAlmond

    Well done PULSE and thank you for highlighting this issue

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