GPC repeats call for Capita to be stripped of contract after PCSE pension glitch

GP leaders have repeated calls for Capita to be stripped of its contract for running primary care support services after GPs struggled to upload forms on a deadline day for pension information last week.

GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey (Photo: BMA)
GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey (Photo: BMA)

The 28 February deadline for GPs to submit annual pension forms was extended last week to 5pm today after Capita admitted that Primary Care Support England's (PCSE's) online enquiries form had experienced 'some intermittent issues due to the volume of traffic on the website'.

GPs had reported concerns via social media as they struggled to upload information on deadline day, and a message posted on the PCSE website said: 'Due to the high volume of traffic to our online enquiries form, some users have been experiencing intermittent issues with the submission of pension forms.

'We are monitoring this closely and addressing any issues as quickly as possible. If you do receive an error message when completing or submitting the form, please try again later. As a result, we have extended the deadline for submissions to until 5pm on Monday 4 March 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience.'

Pension forms

GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey told GPonline that the BMA had been made aware of the problem with the PCSE website at the time and that the problem, which he said first emerged on 27 February and reoccurred on 28 February. He said the problem had been identified and fixed each time.

But Dr Vautrey added: 'This is yet another unacceptable PCSE failure and provides further justification for our call that this private contract to deliver vital NHS services be ended.'

LMC leaders voted in November 2018 for Capita immediately to be stripped of its contract for primary care support services.

Primary care support

Earlier this year, a GPonline poll found that half of GP partners were experiencing problems with the Capita-led service, while last summer MPs said NHS England's decision to outsource primary care support had been a 'shambles'.

A Capita spokesperson said earlier this year that the company had 'initially underestimated the complexity of this contract'. The spokesperson added: 'Improvements have been made, and we continue to work with stakeholders and customers to ensure awareness of correct processes to follow to access services.

'Capita is committed to getting this contract right so we can carry on saving the health service money and help NHS England deliver their objective of transforming locally managed, manual paper-based operations into a modern and efficient national customer-focused service.'

An NHS England spokesperson said: 'The NHS is fully committed to improving primary care support services, and is listening to the concerns raised by GPs and meeting GP representatives regularly to focus on improving the services they receive.'

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Fifteen-minute GP consultation will be bare minimum by 2030, warns RCGP

Fifteen-minute GP consultation will be bare minimum by 2030, warns RCGP

GP consultations will last at least 15 minutes by the year 2030 according to an RCGP...

BMA sexism investigation 'on track' as whistleblowers back process

BMA sexism investigation 'on track' as whistleblowers back process

An investigation into sexism and sexual harassment in the BMA is on track to start...

160,000 patient records 'wrongly archived' in latest Capita blunder

160,000 patient records 'wrongly archived' in latest Capita blunder

Patient records for 160,000 people were archived by mistake rather than being sent...

Consultation skills: Frequent attenders

Consultation skills: Frequent attenders

Dr Pipin Singh offers advice on how to approach consultations with patients who frequently...

Pension taxes force one in three GPs to cut back work or refuse shifts

Pension taxes force one in three GPs to cut back work or refuse shifts

One in three GPs have reduced work or refused shifts to avoid pension taxes that...

Half of GP partners say primary care networks will increase workload

Half of GP partners say primary care networks will increase workload

Half of GP partners think primary care networks (PCNs) will increase workload for...