Healthcare Newsletter Spring 2020
While there have inevitably been various difficulties, for example, with the supply of equipment, fundamentally practices have continued to do what they do best; looking after patients. The big difference is the way that service is being provided, with far fewer face-to-face consultations and many more telephone and online appointments. In addition, practices have been working collaboratively, typically within the framework of their Primary Care Network to create ‘hot hubs’ and cover for surgeries, that have closed or are struggling with capacity.
These are all changes to working patterns that have been evolving over recent years, but the pace of change has generally been quite slow. Now working patterns are changing at pace within a matter of days.
It is common for an organisation facing a crisis to rapidly develop new ways of working that would not be possible under normal circumstances. I believe that this is what we are now seeing in primary care. Patterns of working are changing and will not automatically revert once the current situation has passed. There will need to be a period of reflection, but general practices will probably have made changes that might otherwise have taken 3 or 4 years to develop.
In this edition we provide articles on:
- Primary Care Network (PCN) Accounts
- Final pay controls for non-GP partners on retirement
- Healthcare Tax Update
- Considerations for the use of internal locums in your practice
- Your essential guide to the 2020-21 GMS contract changes
If you have any questions about the topics raised in this issue or would like to discuss your business needs with one of our sector specialists, please contact Andrew Leal, Healthcare Partner directly or send us an online enquiry.