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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."

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.