• New indemnity scheme – the devil is in the detail

    • 12 Oct 2017
    After months of waiting, the Government has finally moved on the issue of indemnity for GPs. While the announcement made this morning by health secretary Jeremy Hunt is welcome, as any funding for indemnity is bound to be, the devil is always in the detail. The scheme announced has happened after months and months of endless discussions between doctors both inside and outside the BMA, trying to convey to the treasury...
  • Capita and the NHS pension fiasco – what is going on? ... Part 5

    On the grey morning of 25 September, I travelled from London the Capita offices in Blackburn for the first time. There I met with the Capita team and NHSE (NHS England) representatives for our monthly meeting. As you will see, I have kept the format of this update the same to make it easier for you to see the issues that were raised and how we are progressing with them. Bank details The bank details for sending...
  • Thinking about working in Extended Access Hubs? Here are some things to consider

    EA (extended access) is the offer, to registered patients of a practice, of pre-bookable appointments outside core contractual hours – either in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends. NHS England’s planning guidance suggests clinical commissioning groups will receive at least £6 per head (a cost per appointment hour of £230). Many areas are offering this through central hubs, which are...
  • Comment on the CQC 'State of Care in General Practice’ report

    This week has seen the publication of the CQC’s evaluation of 3 years of inspections involving every practice in England. It shows that general practice is by far the best performing sector in health, despite being the victim of severe resource shortages. Premier league performance on non-league budgets. It warns that without proper investment general practice is at risk of collapse due to staffing and resource...
  • Choices for GP locums: freelance, chambers, agency or web ?

    What type of locum will work best for you? A GP locum has a range of options to choose from: freelance, via an agency, a web-based booking system or locum chambers. Your decision may depend on what is most important for you: autonomy and control, peer support, income, minimising risk, superannuability etc. Most GPs opt for locum work to have increased control over their workload and greater flexibility to juggle caring...