The Department of Health has launched a consultation exercise on the future of primary care performers lists. While it will not be CCGs that manage these lists, this is obviously a matter of interest to every GP!
The document consults on a proposal that in future there should be one single national list of general practice doctors dentists and ophthalmologists approved to provide NHS primary care services.
Currently the performers' list is managed by the 151 PCTs. In April 2013 when PCTs are abolished this will be the responsibility of the NHS CB.
The consultation seeks responses on proposed changes including:
- the introduction of national lists
- changes to the 'minimum service' that performers on the list will need to perform
- changes to suspension powers including immediate suspension and additional powers at suspension hearings
- changes to the requirement to submit criminal records checks
The consultation documents can be found here. The closing date for responses is 14 December 2012.