GP contract work slashed to focus on COVID-19

NHS England has announced a raft of measures to slash GPs’ normal workloads, to free up their capacity “to prepare for and manage the covid-19 outbreak”.

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Jack Serle, HSJ correspondent

  • GPs can suspend some core contract activities to free up time to tackle pandemic
  • Funding for these services will continue as if practices’ performance was maintained from before outbreak
  • Suspended services include some PCN specifications

NHS England has announced a raft of measures to slash GPs’ normal workloads, to free up their capacity “to prepare for and manage the covid-19 outbreak”.

In a letter to practices and primary care networks, Nikki Kanani, primary care medical director, and Ed Waller, director of primary care strategy and NHS contracts, outlined several activities GPs can suspend, including annual health checks for patients over 75 that are required under the GP core contract.

Other routine activities that can be suspended include medication reviews, new patients reviews and the friends and family test. These are activities that GPs are financially incentivised to carry out under their core contract.


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