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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."

Three GPs a day quit as burnout and long Covid test tired workforce, NHS stats reveal Three GPs a day quit as burnout and long Covid test tired workforce, NHS stats reveal

Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the RCGP, told the paper: “GPs and our teams want to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients and we can only do this with an adequate workforce. We desperately need more GPs.”

No change to GP pension taxation, MPs rule No change to GP pension taxation, MPs rule

The Government has approved ‘deferred choice underpin’ but refused to change the rules on the tax-free pension allowance.

Women in general practice ‘earning 15% less than men’ Women in general practice ‘earning 15% less than men’

A new government report found that men and women in salaried roles still face huge pay gaps, with a woman’s average salary nearly £40,000 beneath a man’s.

Pensions form A and B ‘10-week rule’ suspended for GP locums for the tax year 2021/22 Pensions form A and B ‘10-week rule’ suspended for GP locums for the tax year 2021/22

NHS Pensions has confirmed that the ‘10-week rule’ for pension forms has been suspended for 2021/22.

Pensions ‘traps’ put sessional GP income at risk, BMA pensions committee chair warns Pensions ‘traps’ put sessional GP income at risk, BMA pensions committee chair warns

Vishal Sharma, BMA pensions committee chair, highlighted ‘less than full-time work’ and parental leave – two of the key concerns for many NASGP members. 

No jabs: 12% of GP locums still waiting for first Covid-19 vaccination, BMA warns  No jabs: 12% of GP locums still waiting for first Covid-19 vaccination, BMA warns 

A BMA poll last week found that 12% of locum GPs had not received their first vaccination against the virus by 23 January - compared with just 2% of partners and 7% of salaried GPs.

Government cuts ‘red tape’ for returners while sessional GPs struggle to access training Government cuts ‘red tape’ for returners while sessional GPs struggle to access training

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: “Although it is vital to support the vaccination programme wherever possible, this ‘quick, simple and cheap’ approach of papering over the cracks by fast-tracking retired GPs is no substitute for engagement with the existing sessional GP workforce.

Sessional GPs ‘much less likely’ to get COVID vaccination despite JCVI priority, BMA survey finds Sessional GPs ‘much less likely’ to get COVID vaccination despite JCVI priority, BMA survey finds

Without a centralised system for delivering the vaccine to healthcare workers, sessional GPs must undertake their own ‘trial and error’ strategy to get their first jab. 

GP locums urged to vote on primary care networks DES to protect GP funding, BMA says GP locums urged to vote on primary care networks DES to protect GP funding, BMA says

GPs in England are being urged to use their vote on a new directed enhanced service (DES) about primary care networks (PCN). 

Welsh GP locums free to keep using LocumDeck after NASGP campaign against ‘banks’ Welsh GP locums free to keep using LocumDeck after NASGP campaign against ‘banks’

A spokesman for the Welsh health department confirmed that “a locum can choose to book sessions ... through other arrangements”. 

Senior GPs warn of high levels of NHS staff sick leave absence as vaccine pressure mounts Senior GPs warn of high levels of NHS staff sick leave absence as vaccine pressure mounts

NASGP chair Dr Richard Fieldhouse said “It’s highly likely locums will get asked to work at very short notice to backfill other GPs who’re being deployed to vaccinations clinics."

‘Autumn deadline’ for UK’s Covid-19 vaccinations, health secretary promises ‘Autumn deadline’ for UK’s Covid-19 vaccinations, health secretary promises

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday 10 Jan, Matt Hancock said: “Every adult will be offered a vaccine by the autumn, absolutely."

GP locums ‘due Covid-19 vaccination by mid-February’, health secretary says GP locums ‘due Covid-19 vaccination by mid-February’, health secretary says

NHS England has published a letter setting out an 'immediate' requirement for all health and social care staff to receive vaccinations. 

GPs put their lives on the line because of PPE shortages in first wave, BMA chair tells MPs GPs put their lives on the line because of PPE shortages in first wave, BMA chair tells MPs

NHS Providers reported on an ‘extremely worrying surge in COVID-19 admissions’ last week. 

GP locums report delays thanks to ‘random’ approach to Covid-19 vaccination for doctors GP locums report delays thanks to ‘random’ approach to Covid-19 vaccination for doctors

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Government ‘needs to learn lessons’ from Test and Trace, warns National Audit Office Government ‘needs to learn lessons’ from Test and Trace, warns National Audit Office

The NAO will assess the value for money of Test and Trace in spring 2021.

GP networks pull out of Covid-19 vaccine delivery following ’15-minute obs’ guidance GP networks pull out of Covid-19 vaccine delivery following ’15-minute obs’ guidance

At least one GP network has had to pull out of delivering the Covid vaccine next week because of new safety guidance.

Welsh GP locums ‘cornered’ into locum banks by indemnity scheme Welsh GP locums ‘cornered’ into locum banks by indemnity scheme

GP locums in Wales are being ‘cornered’ into joining a bank in order to access NHS indemnity, NASGP members have reported. 

Government has left GPs to explain treatment delays, GPC Scotland chair warns Government has left GPs to explain treatment delays, GPC Scotland chair warns

The Government’s failure to tell the public about treatment delays has left GPs and practice staff catching their anger and frustration, Dr Andrew Buist has warned. 

Healthcare workers deprioritised by new Covid vaccine strategy Healthcare workers deprioritised by new Covid vaccine strategy

Meanwhile, the JCVI has also advised that GPs should be prioritised for Covid vaccination based on their personal risk level.

Prioritise BAME patients for Covid-19 vaccination, RCGP urges Prioritise BAME patients for Covid-19 vaccination, RCGP urges

The NASGP supports calls by the RCGP to prioritise Black, Asian and minority ethnic patients for Covid-19 vaccinations, given the extensive evidence that they are at higher risk.