Hot Topics No 6
Hot Topics 06
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MID MERSEY LOCAL MEDICAL COMMITTEE
The Gables Cowley Hill Lane St Helens Merseyside WA10 2AP
NO.6 – 2009/10
• LOCAL ISSUES
• SWINEFLU VACCINATIONS FOR THE UNDER 5s
As the DH and GPC were not able to agree on a DES, it has fallen to PCTs and LMCs to negotiate a LES in a very short time frame – local programmes are expected to be rolled out prior to Christmas.
Under difficult circumstances, LMC Executive has agreed the following:
Knowsley - Current LES to be extended to cover under 5s at the same payment rate.
Halton & St Helens – Two LESs. The first one for administering to your own patients with a payment of £5.25 and the second for administering to other Practices’ patients again with a payment of £5.25. The PCT is making alternative arrangements for the vaccination of the patients of those Practices that do not wish to participate.
Warrington – A LES similar to that of Halton & St Helens for administering to your own patients with a payment of £5.25.
The end date will be extended to 30 April 2010 with the fees being paid at the end of March and June respectively.
GPs will not be expected to vaccinate patients from other Practices as other arrangements are in place for this.
• SEXUAL HEALTH LES
This was approved at the December LMC meeting. The payments are target based with £6 per screening being paid up to 25% when the payment would rise to £10 per screening.
• CHOOSE AND BOOK
You may find of interest a new document: “Outlining The Responsibilities and Operational Requirements for Choose and Book”.
The document is intended to help organisations understand the importance of using Choose & Book correctly. Requirements include promoting rather than mandating the use of Choose & Book, allowing electronic referrals to named clinicians if paper based referrals to named clinicians are accepted and encouraging clinicians to initiate and review referrals themselves online.
The LMC recently wrote to Warrington GPs highlighting concerns with the PCT paper on Electronic Orthopaedic Referrals. In particular the responsibilities of the referring practitioner. For your information this is dealt with on page 10 of this document.
The document is available on:
• REQUIREMENTS TO SIGN A DEATH CERTIFICATE
We can confirm that there will be no GMC license number and there will be no further qualifications required of a GP to sign a Death Certificate. With the introduction of the License to Practise in November 2009, Registrars just need to check that the Doctor signing the Death Certificate is licensed with the GMC at the time of signing the form. There should be no need to supply information to the Registrar prior to completing the form (particularly as the information could be out of date if supplied in advance). However, it would be helpful to Registrars if GPs could include their GMC number on Death Certificates so that it is easier for the Registrars to do the necessary checks.
A Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year to You All
All the Members and Staff of Mid Mersey LMC