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Free membership offer launches for GPs in Surrey Free membership offer launches for GPs in Surrey

The Frimley scheme is the fourth of four local partnership schemes that NASGP runs in Essex, Devon and the Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas. 

Seek help from MPs to raise pay, retain salaried GPs, BMA urges Seek help from MPs to raise pay, retain salaried GPs, BMA urges

Local MPs can help fight the GP workforce slippage by calling for better GP salaries, the BMA told doctors this week.

GP workforce out of step with demand, new NHS data shows GP workforce out of step with demand, new NHS data shows

The BMA has warned that the GP workforce is not growing quickly enough to cope with current demand.

Majority of BAME GP staff face racism at work, survey finds Majority of BAME GP staff face racism at work, survey finds

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: 'This outstanding piece of work should be essential reading for all involved at any leadership level within primary care.'

Record-breaking LocumDeck bookings again for April Record-breaking LocumDeck bookings again for April

GP locum bookings broke records again last month, with bookings on LocumDeck up 15% compared with March. 

New NIHR study calls for GP locum experiences New NIHR study calls for GP locum experiences

A new NIHR study is looking for locums, including GP locums, to share their experiences of working as a locum in the UK. 

GP locums must claim for £7.5k SEISS grants by June deadline, leaders warn GP locums must claim for £7.5k SEISS grants by June deadline, leaders warn

GPs must have filed a tax return for 2019/20 and worked (or expected to work) in 2020/21 to be eligible.

GP locums asked for IR35 exemption ‘proof’ by out-of-hours providers GP locums asked for IR35 exemption ‘proof’ by out-of-hours providers

GP locums across the South West, Home Counties and the Midlands have raised concerns that out-of-hours organisations are unnecessarily seeking to mitigate the changes.

March ‘biggest month ever’ for LocumDeck bookings, NASGP reports March ‘biggest month ever’ for LocumDeck bookings, NASGP reports

Bookings in March were even higher than February, which broke previous records.

Hundreds of GPs have left the NHS to work overseas, new FOI reveals Hundreds of GPs have left the NHS to work overseas, new FOI reveals

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of the NASGP, said: “As GPs we are experts in family, health, caring for our local communities, whether we choose to do that in one practice or across multiple practices as a freelance GP."

Free Chambers scheme opens in Essex for GP locums following new partnership with CCG Free Chambers scheme opens in Essex for GP locums following new partnership with CCG

North East Essex chambers will be open to NASGP members, including GPs on a free trial, for several months this summer.

GP revalidation begins again in August 2021, GMC says GP revalidation begins again in August 2021, GMC says

The GMC will contact GPs in August to reschedule revalidation, Pulse reports.

GPs are working 11-hour days on average in 2021, new Pulse survey of 1,400 doctors shows GPs are working 11-hour days on average in 2021, new Pulse survey of 1,400 doctors shows

Dr Richard Fieldhouse said: “We went into this pandemic knowing that there was a GP shortage and, thanks to this very timely Pulse survey, we can see that that shortage is going to have a significant impact on how we move forward as a profession."

Safety investigation launched into the NHS Covid Clinical Assessment Service Safety investigation launched into the NHS Covid Clinical Assessment Service

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of the NASGP, said: “As an organisation that is by GPs, for GPs, the NASGP fully understands that there's going to be some nervousness amongst our members about this investigation. But we fully expect the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to take a systems-based approach to this investigation."

Welsh GP locums forced into banks by state indemnity clause Welsh GP locums forced into banks by state indemnity clause

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of the NASGP, said: “Although we completely understand that there needs to be better coordination and integration of GP locums into local healthcare systems, this must not be mistaken for a top-down, quick-fix implementation of compulsory systems without consultation. This approach only serves to disenfranchise those involved, leading to instability and long term recruitment and retention issues."

Saying sorry does not mean accepting liability for mistakes, the CQC tells GPs Saying sorry does not mean accepting liability for mistakes, the CQC tells GPs

“This statement from the CQC is very welcome and will help empower locums to be able to move the process along towards finding solutions," Dr Fieldhouse responded.

GPs who got thousands in pensions compensation silenced by NHS gagging clause GPs who got thousands in pensions compensation silenced by NHS gagging clause

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of the NASGP, said: "GP Survival’s work has highlighted the lengths that PCSE is happy to go to in order to avoid being overwhelmed by their creaking systems as they seek to correct pension records."

GP locums least likely to have had second Covid-19 vaccination dose, BMA finds GP locums least likely to have had second Covid-19 vaccination dose, BMA finds

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of NASGP, writes: “It saddens me to see that GP locums are again at the back of the queue, but I’m not surprised."

A third of locums say work is increasing, BMA reports A third of locums say work is increasing, BMA reports

Of the 27.97% of respondents who undertook locum work, a third (9.32%) reported an increase. Just under a third (8.49%) reported no change, but said that they could have done more work had they wished to.

GP locums’ SEISS scheme maintained and expanded in new Budget GP locums’ SEISS scheme maintained and expanded in new Budget

GP locums will be able to maintain access to financial support through the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) until September 2021, and GP locums who joined the sector in 2019/20 will also be able to claim, according to the new Spring Budget.

GPs to receive double the supply of Covid-19 vaccines from next week GPs to receive double the supply of Covid-19 vaccines from next week

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of NASGP, said: “It's great news that general practice is already planning the revaccination programme for this coming winter. With the wheels already in motion for everyone to receive their booster dose and double the existing rate, GPs have shown that general practice is fully capable of managing this demand.”

Covid-19 revaccination campaign scheduled for autumn/winter 2021 Covid-19 revaccination campaign scheduled for autumn/winter 2021

A revaccination campaign is 'likely to run later this year in autumn or winter', the Government says.

Free membership scheme launches in Devon, Oxfordshire and Berkshire Free membership scheme launches in Devon, Oxfordshire and Berkshire

Dr Richard Fieldhouse writes: “By enabling local GPs and practices to have unfettered access to NASGP resources, we provide the simplest way for practices to link in with local locums."

Record-breaking month on LocumDeck as bookings, GPs and practice stats soar Record-breaking month on LocumDeck as bookings, GPs and practice stats soar

Dr Richard Fieldhouse said: "There's so much to celebrate with this news."