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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 2nd December 2016

Date sent: Friday 2 December 2016

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

Further Update on Shotgun and Firearms Certification We understand from the GPC that  an urgent meeting has been requested with the Home Office by the BMA  as there remain a number of unresolved concerns about this matter.  In the meantime, our advice remains that practices should always  respond to the notification letter from the police.  If  the GP does have a  concern  this fact should obviously  be passed on to the police promptly -  even if all the details are not included -  but the following  reply  may be useful in other circumstances. Our thanks to several practice manager for letting us see their suggestions, from which this is constructed.

I refer to your recent correspondence regarding a  firearm/shotgun certificate application for the person named above.

As I am not approved under section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007) as having special expertise in the  diagnosis of mental illness or personality disorder, I cannot offer any assurance that the person is not a risk to themselves or others for one of these reasons. 

I confirm that the relevant code has been added to the patient’s notes, and I  recognise this practice’s duty to inform you if we have any significant concerns about this matter  in the future.

Should further information be required from the medical record we hold, a fee is applicable.

GPC List Management Guidance This provides practices with guidance on list management such as information on formal list closure and informal temporary suspension of patient registration. GPC are aware that NHS England are sending guidance on temporary suspension of patient registration to commissioners, some of the information in this guidance contradicts the BMA’s guidance and we would like to assure practices that the GPC  believe their guidance is within the regulations.

Dealing with unfair comments on websites Health service providers are increasingly finding that people are using social and professional websites to comment about specific providers and staff members. NHS Choices is one such website, which allows members of the public to rate and review NHS services. This guidance sets out how health service providers can take steps to have defamatory material removed from websites, including NHS Choices. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this guidance note should be relied upon as constituting legal advice. If you have a specific issue relating to the law of defamation, we would recommend that providers seek independent legal advice from a specialist defamation solicitor.

 

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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