This is why we can’t properly police antibiotic prescribing

18th August 2015 by NASGP

This is why we can’t properly police antibiotic prescribing

Ever seen one of these? If you’re a locum GP, you’ve probably seen dozens. They’re little scraps of paper, written by a member of the practice staff in whose surgery you’re working in today, with a  generic shared login – slogin – so that you can log into the practice’s clinical IT system.

A practice that uses several dozen different locums every year, some often in the practice at the same time together, all using these slogins, doesn’t really have a clue which GP has seen which patient when a slogin has been used. Could have been any locum, any partner, any receptionist.

To totally compound this, factor in the fact that no UK GP locum has a prescribing number, and so therefore not only do they not receive any prescribing data relating to a prescribing number, they therefore have to prescribe on someone else’s prescribing number.

So when we hear that Nice and the GMC all believe that somehow piling this extra pressure on GPs to produce antibiotic prescribing evidence that could be held against them in a disciplinary hearing, we see yet another spike in GPs joining the ranks of us sessional GPs.

All GP locums must always be given unique usernames and secret passwords in every different practice that we work in. And our own prescribing numbers would be a nice touch too.

 

"NASGP came along way before people understood the need for sessional and small group practices to be valued by the system. On joining as a single-handed GP many years ago, I was welcomed into the team by initially wrote a few blogs for the organisation, which followed my understanding of yet another NHS reorganisation. It was only due to the vision and drive of Richard, your founder, that NASGP survived the large practice dominance. The inception of being a portal for the needs of GP locums was a masterstroke. Those who knew about it quickly realised the true meaning of networking. So here we are many years down the line and in footballing terminology NASGP now play in the Premier League.
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Dr Tony Hall-Jones, retired GP

Dr Tony Hall-Jones, retired GP

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