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This advises GPs and Community Pharmacists on influenza vaccine for the 2018/19 season.   We are currently reviewing the clinical evidence, including advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and cost-effectiveness data from PHE in respect of influenza vaccines for 65 year olds and over and those in at risk groups who are under 65 years old.   We will provide definitive guidance to general practice and community pharmacies on influenza vaccine for the 2018/19 season on Monday 5th February. No further orders for influenza vaccine should be made and no provisional orders should be converted to confirmed orders until this national guidance is issued for adoption.   Where CCGs hold leadership responsibility for influenza vaccine they will need to adhere to this position.   Yours sincerely Professor Stephen Powis                            Dr Arvind Madan National Medical Director                            Director of Primary Care NHS England                                                 NHS England   N.b. FLUAD have extended the early bird discount until the 16th Feb ...
Firearms guidance update –  Monday 11th April 2016

Firearms guidance update – Monday 11th April 2016

Fees for responding to the Police letter regarding firearms Following the introduction of the new firearms licensing process GPs have already raised considerable concerns to us over the process and whether or not they can charge a fee for responding to the letter from the Police, indicating whether they have any concerns and have placed a code on the patient’s medical record. In our discussions with the Home Office, Police and shooting representatives we have faced continual challenges that have been particularly difficult to resolve, however we have made it clear throughout that this work is not part of a GP’s contract and therefore GPs are able to charge a fee. Our original proposal to improve the process was rejected by ministers and so we are having to deal with what has now been implemented, which although has its own problems, is far better than the existing process. Our initial guidance was cautious in our advice in order to gain feedback from members and allow the new process to unfold.  However, there has been a clear message from our members that there are concerns and we have now raised these with the Home Office and Scottish Government. We will continue to seek further resolutions to the process. BMA revised guidance on fees The response to the Police’s letter indicating whether there are any concerns and that a code on the patient’s medical record as been added is not part of a GP’s contract. It is therefore up to the GP to assess how best to proceed taking on board the following factors and guidance: The work involved in responding...