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Somerset LMC Weekly update Friday 21st October 2016

Date sent: Friday 21 October 2016

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers                                     This and previous updates can be found here

Patient Online Toolkits  The patient online area of the website has been updated to include two new toolkits recently released The toolkits consist of templates for web copy, press releases, social media and newsletters as well as instructions on how to order the new range of promotional materials. These materials have been tested with patients across the country and now say “GP online services” instead of “Patient Online”, as a survey revealed patients related to this better.

PCSE Update Bulletin (October)  Please see attached latest bulletin from PCSE which includes:

Don't forget to submit your weekly Proforma of outstanding issue by close of play today lmcoffice@somersetlmc.nhs.uk

Christmas and New Year Period (already!) We are aware the NHS England have recently circulated a letter to commissioners for practices about guidance for the Christmas and New Year period. We would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the guidance on the BMA website about this, ensure that patients are adequately provided for over this period.

Scam A practice has brought to our attention a fax received from  "European Database Services" asking for a fee of £960.00 for publication of a practices data,if received please file in the bin!

and Finally

The original MPIG: extract from LMC Minutes 14th October 1948

Fixed annual payment of £300.00 (basic salary) reports from a number of areas indicate that Local Medical Committees are having difficulty in deciding whether some of the applications for basic salary upon which which they are being asked to advise executive councils should be approved.  In some areas Local Committees have liberally interpreted the ministry's view "that consent ought to be given in cases where there is reasonable justification for doing so, whilst in others local committees have gone so far as to reject every application made. The effect of granting basic salary to a practitioner with less than 2350 patients on his list, is to give him a subsidy at the expense of his colleagues who do not ask for or have not been given basic salary. It follows therefore that every application must be considered on its merits and only where it is decided that hardship would otherwise result should the committee give its verdict in the Doctor's favour.

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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