NHS England and the government plan to collect a ‘minimum workforce data set’ from GP practices to understand the current health service workforce and plan for the future.
Practices will be expected to update their information via the online tool every six months.
Another downside of the Health Act
In a letter to Birmingham LMC members, executive secretary Dr Robert Morley wrote: ‘This is yet another downside, as if you didn’t already have enough to cope with, of the Health and Social Care Act.’
Many practices and LMCs have contacted GPC leaders to raise concerns about the impact of the additional work involved in collecting the workforce data.
But GPC lawyers have advised that practices are legally obliged to provide the information, and that this obligation overrides any data protection rules.
Practices will be expected to supply data including national insurance numbers, date of birth, age, gender and ethnicity of staff.
The GPC advice says practices should inform staff about the collection of their data.
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