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23rd March 2020

RCGP Guidance on Workload Prioritisation

Developed for clinicians working in general practice


Two pieces of guidance have been developed and circulated today (23 March 2020) which the BMA have agreed with RCGP and NHSEI. This is for clinicians working in general practice in the UK, and can be found here:

https://www.rcgp.org.uk/-/media/Files/Policy/A-Z-policy/2020/covid19/RCGP%20guidance/20200323-RCGP-Guidance-on-the-prioritisation-routine-work-during-Covid

They should be read alongside guidance from the BMA on workload prioritisation dated 19 March 20. During the development of this guidance consideration was given to work that is essential to maintain public health and that which is unlikely to cause harm if delayed for approximately a short number of months. 

The RCGP have also issued guidance on caring for vulnerable patients which can be found here:-

https://www.rcgp.org.uk/-/media/Files/Policy/A-Z-policy/2020/covid19/RCGP%20guidance/20200323-Vulnerable-Patients%20-The-Role-of-General-Practice-during-COVID19

It is not an exhaustive list of GP workload and is not intended to replace clinical judgement for individual patient cases.