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Important Missing Word:in Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 14th May 2021

Date sent: Friday 14 May 2021

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers          This and previous updates are available here

Dear Colleagues 

Apologies for a further e mail on a Friday, but the word contractual in the last sentence of the article below was missing

SOPs are, and always have been, guidance and are not contractual 

 

Advanced Warning of new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to Support Restoration of General Practice Services: This letter from NHSE dated yesterday apparently involved the RCGP. The General Practitioners’ Committee (GPC) of the BMA was not consulted. The LMC thinks that, on first reading, this could be seen, yet again, as a one-sided, politically-motivated document from NHSEI that ignores the present general practice workload as we struggle with pent up demand and backlogs as the nation emerges from lockdown. It also ignores the incredible  hard work, for some at great personal cost, throughout the pandemic and as we continue to deliver the Mass Vaccination Programme. We hope and expect authoritative guidance shortly but in the meantime practices should recall that your only obligation is to determine yourself how to deliver your responsibility to meet the needs of patients. SOPs are, and always have been, guidance and are not contractual 

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director
Somerset LMC
Crown Medical Centre, Venture Way, Taunton, TA2 8QY

Tel: (01823) 331 428            
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