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21st December 2021


Exemptions from self-isolation of fully vaccinated staff members identified as a contact of a case

The UK Health Security agency has updated their guidance on COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings.

Fully vaccinated GPs and practice staff no longer need to isolate for 10 days if they are a close contact of an Omicron Covid case. 

21st December 2021

COVID-19 vaccination programme update

Below is a summary of COVID-19 vaccination programme updates provided by the BMA this week.

Temporary suspension of 15 minute wait                                

A temporary suspension of the 15 minute wait for the mRNA vaccine has now been announced to allow for an increased amount of vaccinations to be carried out following successful lobbying by the BMA

CQC inspections                                                                                      

To support acceleration of the booster programme, the CQC are postponing all on-site inspection activity for the next three weeks with immediate effect - except in cases where there is evidence of risk to life, or the immediate risk of serious harm to people.

17th December 2021

Fit Note extension period announcement

The Department of Work and Pensions are making legislative changes meaning that from Friday 17 December 2021 self-certification for sickness will be extended from 7 to 28 days for people accessing Statutory Sick Pay, and there will be no requirement for a fit note to access other benefits. 

16th December 2021

Firearms licensing guidance

After extensive work, the BMA have published guidance on the firearms licensing process, setting out the BMA position on firearms licensing and providing information to GPs on what to do when someone applies for a firearms licence, including responding to the police and conscientious objection. 

14th December 2021

Inappropriate workload shift review

The NHS Standard Contract – Provider interface 

Inappropriate workload shift to General practice by other Providers is not new, it is a long-standing issue which has grown over decades to become ingrained into everyday practice. 

The practices we serve across Salford and Trafford have reported a significant increase of workload shift over the last 12 months exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, due to services being paused, with variable rates of services’ reinstatement between Providers, as well as through the introduction of new systems by Providers to ‘build back better’, resulting in a further shift of work inappropriately to General Practice, perhaps unwittingly.  

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