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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.

Suspend appraisals for a year, RCGP urges Suspend appraisals for a year, RCGP urges

The RCGP Council approved a motion by a group of GPs in an open letter that campaigned for a break. 

Practices can use £150m ‘second wave’ fund to hire GP locums, BMA confirms Practices can use £150m ‘second wave’ fund to hire GP locums, BMA confirms

The BMA’s new statement gives practices the support they need to make their own decisions about how to get through the second wave. 

Replace CCGs with integrated care systems by April 2022, NHS England proposes Replace CCGs with integrated care systems by April 2022, NHS England proposes

NHS England wants all CCGs to merge across their integrated care system (ICS) boundaries by April 2022.

LocumDeck adds off-locum work functionality for fees, non-clinical work and OOH LocumDeck adds off-locum work functionality for fees, non-clinical work and OOH

GPs can now add off-locum work to LocumDeck following an update.

GP locums lead the charge at 2020’s annual conference of local medical committees GP locums lead the charge at 2020’s annual conference of local medical committees

GP locums are calling for safe working conditions, better training, and a seat at the table in primary care’s recovery from the pandemic at this year’s conference. 

NASGP welcomes news of visa extension for GPs and other NHS staff NASGP welcomes news of visa extension for GPs and other NHS staff

The NASGP welcomes the news that NHS doctors will be given extensions in order to continue their invaluable and supportive work in the UK. 

Covid-19 vaccination campaign to be led by health boards and trusts in Wales Covid-19 vaccination campaign to be led by health boards and trusts in Wales

GPs working on the Covid-19 vaccination campaign will work for health boards and trusts.

GP trainee numbers for 2021 beat NHS England’s targets again GP trainee numbers for 2021 beat NHS England’s targets again

NASGP chair Dr Richard Fieldhouse writes: 'It’s always heartening to see a growth in the number of doctors wishing to enter the profession.'

NHS England announces more than 40 local ‘long Covid’ clinics will open in weeks NHS England announces more than 40 local ‘long Covid’ clinics will open in weeks

More than 40 clinics will open within weeks, NHSE claims.

NASGP joins CQC steering group NASGP joins CQC steering group

NHS England has previously highlighted the NASGP’s Spip resource and Appraisal Aid as resources that improve coordination between practices and the GP locums they employ.

New £150m ‘second wave’ fund attempts to lock GP locums out New £150m ‘second wave’ fund attempts to lock GP locums out

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of NASGP, writes: "The problem that general practice is facing is that we need to urgently find and mobilise thousands of new GPs to support practices."

Salaried stress ‘churns’ GP locums back to portfolio careers, NASGP finds Salaried stress ‘churns’ GP locums back to portfolio careers, NASGP finds

GP locums’ swing towards salaried roles has already headed back in the original direction, the NASGP warns colleagues.

GP partners now make up just over half of total number of UK GPs GP partners now make up just over half of total number of UK GPs

The workforce also rose in size by 1% in the three months to September – a trend likely to be driven by the rise in the number of salaried GPs. 

GP locum bookings double on LocumDeck, year on year GP locum bookings double on LocumDeck, year on year

Bookings are up again month-on-month and year on year on NASGP’s locum booking system. 

Nearly three quarters of GPs need funding for cover as morale slides, BMA finds Nearly three quarters of GPs need funding for cover as morale slides, BMA finds

Dr Fieldhouse, chair of NASGP, said: "This is a very timely survey from the BMA and should be applauded for revealing – while there is still time to do something about it – a system under severe strain."

GP locums need a place on integrated care boards too, NASGP argues GP locums need a place on integrated care boards too, NASGP argues

We have experience across dozens of practices and systems, creating unique skills and insights to local services, Dr Fieldhouse writes.

CCAS ‘300 GPs short’, ‘restarting recruitment’ CCAS ‘300 GPs short’, ‘restarting recruitment’

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, says: “Now that the second wave of Covid is well on its way, CCAS must change to either a proper employment contract with equitable pay, or allow GPs to be engaged by the service on the locums’ usual self-employed contractual basis.”