Latest updates from your local medical community
The BMA have previously agreed a joint statement with the Royal College of GPs and the General Medical Council, which stated that GPs should be considered as expert medical generalists, and as such are specialists in general practice, and that therefore the GP and Specialist Registers should be merged. This week their position has been supported by the Academy of Royal Colleges. You can read their full statement here:
Ranitidine - Tablets, effervescent tablets, oral solutions and ranitidine injection are all expected to shortly be out of stock with no date for resupply until further notice. Read more here.
Theophylline (Slo-phyllin) - Manufacture of this product has ceased, and is anticipated to be out of stock by the end of November. Read more here.
The Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP), introduced in April 2019, provided comprehensive indemnity for clinical negligence arising in NHS general practice relating to any incident which occurs on or AFTER 1st April 2019. We thought a round up of what you need to know about the CNSGP would be helpful.
A motion demanding urgent action with regard to medicine shortages was passed at the LMC England Conference this week. In response to this, Krishna Kasaraneni, GPC England executive team member, said: “Drug shortages can happen for lots of different reasons, but they are undoubtedly getting worse and becoming a daily frustration for both GPs and our patients. GPs often only know about shortages once a patient returns from the pharmacy needing an alternative prescription, which can not only add to our already crippling workload, but also, and most worryingly, delay patients’ treatment. The LMC Conference has therefore, acknowledged the benefits of giving pharmacists more control in prescribing safe and considered alternatives, and going forward, there must be systems in place to support pharmacists to ensure they have the necessary patient information to make informed decisions.” This motion was also reported on by the Pharmaceutical Journal.
The Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has this week announced plans for covering the costs of tax on the annual allowance for 2019/20. He has stated that the annual allowance tax charge for this financial year (for anyone that incurs it) will be covered via the scheme pays route and that when the individual retires and claims their pension, the NHS will pay to them the value of the tax charge for 2019/20 (including interest accrued), so covering the cost.
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