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A recent blog written for Pulse, by Guarav Gupta, GPC UK member and chair of Kent LMC, discusses how practices can fight unfunded transfer of work from hospitals to GP practices. He describes the progress made so far and points to useful resources of information to deal with hospitals that aren't complying. He also includes some BMA template letters which practices can use to write to CCGs and hospitals. To read the full article, please click here:
In June and July this year, over 3700 doctors completed a GMC survey on the satisfaction of their role, the environment they work in and their career intentions. Overall, the findings showed that GPs are more likely to feel dissatisfied, to have already reduced or plan to reduce their hours, and to be thinking about leaving the profession. The results showed that over the last year, 36% of GPs reduced their clinical hours, compared with 21% of all doctors having taken this action. Only 9% of GPs reported always or usually feeling able to cope, while rarely or never working beyond their rostered hours, compared to 26% of all doctors.
The chair of the GMC, Dame Clare Marx, speaking at RCGP Conference in Liverpool, reiterated the organisation's support for GPs to be recognised as specialists. She welcomed the initiative led by GPC UK and the RCGP and committed to work together to actively encourage the DHSC to bring all medics together on a single advanced practice register. She said: "There still is, within the medical community, some very old fashioned snobbery about GP training (and recognising GPs as specialists) would simplify the structure and make crystal clear the parity of expertise across UK general practice."
Event Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019 - 7pm
In collaboration with Chase de Vere, Salford and Trafford LMC have arranged a pension taxation update seminar as the full gravity of the Government's recent change to the annual pension savings allowance may recently have hit home for many doctors. Those who have paid more tax into their pension(s) than the allowance permits, may well have received unwelcome news from the NHS Pension Agency, confirming they now have a tax liability. It's important to know where you stand. Not everybody affected will have been contacted. The agency only knows about your NHS pensionable earnings. Now that the annual allowance is based on your taxable income from all sources, your situation may well have changed. Chase de Vere Medical, partners of the BMA, will deliver a seminar free of charge, to make things clearer.
Matt Mayer, Deputy Chair of the Sessional GPs committee has just put together some helpful information highlighting that the rules on IR35 are changing and how locum GPs might be affected. Private, as well as public sector bodies will now be responsible for determining the employment status of their workers. For more information, please click on the link here:
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