GP access

In November 2017, NHS England issued guidance to commissioners regarding the definition of how practices meet the ‘reasonable needs of patients’ in providing or arranging access to essential and additional services delivered under the GMS contract.
The guidance goes beyond the requirements on practices, as set out in the GMS contract, the PMS agreement and Regulations.
Based on the guidance for commissioners, some practices have been approached by their CCG to question their arrangements.
GPC has been clear with NHS England that it does not agree with the guidance. They have also confirmed to NHS England that the guidance is non-binding for commissioners.
The BMA has now produced guidance on its website so you can be clear on your contractual obligations and what you can do if you are challenged by the commissioner.
Read the guidance here.