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Vaccine Hesitancy

Date published: Thursday 18 February 2021

Surveys have shown stark differences by ethnic group in attitudes to COVID vaccines, and a quarter of younger women fear it would affect fertility. The BMA has published guidance and resources on how to communicate with different groups about the vaccine.

CCGs across the Humber, Coast and Vale area, have come together to coordinate video messages from local GPs, and are working to promote them to enhance confidence in the vaccine and to dispel any vaccine myths. These videos are currently available in English, Polish, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Gujarati. The playlist can be found on the Humber, Coast and Vale YouTube channel here.

The British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists has also published some COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs to help address some of the vaccine hesitancy relating to fertility.

Read the BMA’s guidance on the COVID-19 vaccination programme which includes information about what is expected of practices and the support available to enable practices to prioritise vaccine delivery.

LMC Newsletter January 2021

Date published: Wednesday 27 January 2021

The latest edition of our regular monthly newsletter is now available, containing all the latest updates and opportunities for general practice in the Humber area. Included in this month's issue:

  • This year's GP contract - changes negotiated by GPC and NHS England. 
  • PCN DES ballot of GPs - outcome of the vote
  • LMC elections 2021 - your chance to join the LMC committee and represent your GP colleagues

Download the January newsletter

LMC Elections 2021 - Join Our Committee

Date published: Wednesday 27 January 2021

Ballot Box

Could you represent your fellow GPs in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire?

Nominations to the committees of both Hull and East Yorkshire LMC and North and North East Lincolnshire LMC are now open and anyone working as a GP within these areas is eligible to stand. We’re striving to become more diverse and welcome nominations from across the community. 

Joining our committee is a great way to meet colleagues and to champion general practice.  The LMC exists to represent all GPs regardless of contractual status, practice or type of employment. We support sessional GPs and trainees as well as partners. Elected LMC members are asked to commit to:

• Attend our regular LMC meetings

• Represent the views of the GPs who elect you

• Comment on papers between meetings 

You can find all the information you need, including FAQs and nomination forms on our elections page.  

Completed nominations must be received by Friday 19 February 2021 at 17:00. Nominations will then go forward to an election, voted on by all our constituent GPs.

Primary Care Networks DES Ballot Outcome

Date published: Monday 25 January 2021

In November 2020 the LMC England conference passed the following resolution for the BMA's GPCE (General Practice Committee England) to ballot the profession regarding the mandate to continue to negotiate the PCN DES:

"Conference notes that the BMA GPC (GP committee) England has never secured a robust democratic mandate for the PCN DES and so again asks the GPC England to secure a firm mandate from the entire profession by means of ballot before negotiating any extension or changes to the PCN DES for the year 2021 / 2022."
 
The ballot was held in early January with the following question: "Prior to any further negotiations, extension or changes for 2021/22, do you give GPC England a mandate for the PCN directed enhanced service?"
 
Voting has closed and the results have been validated and verified.
Total votes:        4,534
Outcome:           

Yes: 80%  (3,619)
No: 20%  (915)
 
Richard Vautrey, GPC Chair, said: "This outcome provides a clear mandate from the profession for the PCN DES, and GPC England will therefore continue to negotiate on this, seeking improvements and further developing it, as part of the whole GP contract, for the benefit of practices and our patients."

The LMC will continue to monitor progress with the PCN DES both locally and nationally. If you have any queries please contact us. 

 

Face Mask Exemptions

Date published: Tuesday 12 January 2021

Following recent news coverage regarding supermarkets requiring 'medical exemption' from people not wearing a face covering in their stores, we'd like to remind practices that there is no need under the rules for people to seek proof of exemption from their GP. 

Government guidance on face masks states “you do not need to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about your reason for not wearing a face covering.” Requests for such letters will only add to the heavy burden of work on practices and our advice is that such requests should be declined. 

The guidance clearly sets out situations when people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask. If someone has an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a mask they do not need to show proof of exemption. However, some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. In these cases an exemption card or badge can be downloaded from the gov.uk website here

Our earlier advice to practices regarding requiring patients to wear face masks when attending appointments can be found here.  

ICS Consultation - LMC Response

Date published: Thursday 7 January 2021

Humberside LMCs have submitted a response to the consultation on Integrated Care Systems. ICS's will present a significant change to the way the NHS is organised in England, with NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, taking collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS care, and improving the health of the population they serve. 

As the professional voice of general practice in the Humber area we are keen to ensure that general practice is involved in the development of the proposals and the design of the consultation. We are concerned that the timing of the consultation and the proposed models do not address our concerns over what will be a hugely significant change for the delivery of primary care generally and for general practice in particular.

Read the LMC ICS consultation response

Our next steps:

• Receive and review consultation responses.

• Work with YORLMC and seek a meeting with HCV ICS leadership to state our case for primary care representation and set out the role of GPs, CDs and the LMC in this and how we might put this in place

• Attend Humber Partnership PCN development session to form opinions on how the system can work with PCNs.  All CDs are invited also.

• Raise the issue of ICS representation at the LMC meeting on 12th January.  Matt De Hoest has agreed to lead this item from his perspective on the Professional Board

We will keep you informed of developments with this. 

LMC Newsletter December 2020

Date published: Thursday 17 December 2020

The latest edition of our regular monthly newsletter is now available, containing all the latest updates and opportunities for general practice in the Humber area. Included in this month's issue:

  • Call for responses to the Integrated Care Systems consultation
  • Latest news on our support services, including webinars to improve wellbeing
  • Our wellbeing support packs, recently sent to every practice in the Humber region

Download the December 2020 newsletter

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