Latest updates from your local medical community
The containment of COVID-19 remains of major concern and the situation is being monitored and we will continue to disseminate information as it becomes available. The GPC webpage is regularly updated with guidance and links to information from Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), and the Department of Health and Social Care.
Following the vote to accept the changes to the GP contract in England for 2020-21, GPC will be presenting the contract details to GPs and LMCs at a series of contract roadshow events across England over the coming month. In addition a number of LMCs have also arranged local events. The King’s Fund have produced a summary of the contract changes which can be read here.
The rise in the number of cases of mumps being reported is now reaching the highest level in England for a decade. Richard Vautrey (Chair of the BMA GP Committee) was interviewed on LBC on Friday 14th Feb about the importance of MMR vaccination. Further details are available via the BBC report here:
The BMA’s annual conference for medical academics will be held at BMA House on Friday 15 May 2020. The main theme will be 'Doctors' Well-being'. Save the date, and express your interest in attending to:- firstname.lastname@example.org and look out for further information here or on the BMA website.
The BMA has published a web page https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/public-and-population-health/wuhan-novel-coronavirus highlighting key information and links to official guidance from government agencies on Coronavirus, including how to handle queries from patients and how to manage patients who contact or attend GP practices. We are aware that GP practices in England are being contacted by their CCGs, on behalf of NHSEI requesting information regarding practice preparation for Coronavirus. Our advice remains that while there is no obligation to provide this information, unless the Secretary of State issues a direction, we would encourage practices to respond so that NHSEI and Public Health England are aware the national picture for preparations. We remain in close contact with NHSEI and other stakeholder to ensure that any measures they put in place are supportive and do not place any overly onerous burden on GPs and their patients.
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