We have produced template letters for LMCs (which can be locally adapted) to send to CCGs and hospital Trusts to hold them to account to meet these requirements:
Template letter from LMC to Trusts asking them for a report on what arrangements have been made to implement the changes set out in the new standard hospital contract.
Template letter from LMC to CCGs reminding them of the changes to the standard hospital contract and asking them what measures they have put in place to ensure that Trusts implement these, and to hold CCGs to account for their commissioning responsibilities.
We would also suggest that LMCs should request for this to form a rolling agenda item at LMC/CCG liaison meetings, with feedback of hospital performance on these new contractual requirements.
LMCs should feedback examples of significant breaches to their link LMC reference group lead, or to their regional GPC representative, so that we can take this up directly with NHS England.
Implementing the above will be a small, but significant step in reducing inappropriate and unresourced workload for GP practices, as part of a wider programme of action that GPC will be promoting to empower practices to push back on inappropriate demands.