Extension of temporary changes to GP contract

Tuesday 3rd Aug 2021

The following temporary changes to the GP contract in England will continue under the pandemic regulations until 30 September 21:

  • A suspension of the requirement that practices report to commissioners about the Friends and Family Test returns.
  • A temporary suspension of the requirement for individual patient consent in certain circumstances, to encourage increased use of electronic repeat dispensing (eRD).

A continuation of the temporary increase in the number of appointment slots that practices make available for direct booking by 111 up to 1 slot per 500 patients per day. These slots continue not to be appointments in the traditional sense, but practices should clinically review patient referred by 111 and contact the patient to arrange appropriate follow-up.

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