GPC advises practices not to disclose available appointment details

The GPC has advised practices that it is within their rights to refuse to hand over information on their practice opening hours and available appointments.

Richard Vautrey
Richard Vautrey
In a recent letter, the NHS director general of commissioning Mark Britnell asked all PCTs to begin an audit of practice appointments for subsequent monthly monitoring. 

After consulting legal experts, the GPC announced that practices did not have to hand over information for the audit.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said the audit gave an impression of a lack of trust and did not reflect practices' abilities or the services they provide. 

The GPC is clearly still in dispute with the government despite agreeing that the offer is preferable to the imposition.

Dr Vautrey said the offer was still ‘not enough' and warned that it would raise concerns about safety with GPs working on their own late at night. Patients would not have a choice of male or female GPs either, he said.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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