BBOLMC guidance to TV practices faced with a PHE call to prescribe preventively

Date sent: Tuesday 17 November 2015

To All NHSE (SC) Practice Contacts

Issue date: 17.11.15

BBOLMC guidance to TV practices faced with a PHE call to prescribe preventively

For over a year, I have been trying to solve the issue of Public Health England (PHE) calling practices with requests to prescribe preventively, often for blocks of well patients in care homes

Such work is not part of a GP’s essential NHS contractual obligations

The clinical scenarios so far encountered are:

Pages 32 and 35 of the 2014 PHE Outbreak Guidance makes it clear that the obligation to commission such activity rests with NHSE, yet despite repeated requests from BBOLMC over the past year, they have failed to do so

See https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/343723/12_8_2014_CD_Outbreak_Guidance_REandCT_2__2_.pdf

If you face such a request in future, my suggestion is that you refer your PHE caller (often early evening) to the on-call director of NHSE (SC)

The contact numbers are given below
Thames Valley Manager:       07623 505519 (pager number NHS43)
NHSE Duty Director:               07623 505525

NHSE (SC) staff can then identify who NHSE have commissioned to perform this work

Kind regards

Dr Paul Roblin

CEO BBOLMC

Tel: 07799116597 or 01628 475727

www.bbolmc.co.uk

 

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