Editorial Comment

Message to Government

Staff working in general practices are not privy to the normal NHS staff contracts. Some of them just get SSP if absent. GPs receive annual budgets that are not open ended and therefore if large numbers of reception and nursing staff are off and work due to the coronavirus and need to be covered, many Practices will start to encounter financial difficulties and be under threat of closure.
There is some confusion about the use of furlough leave. My reading of it is that staff would need to be laid off. What is the Government going to do to prevent this happening? Otherwise, it’s a case of what have you done today to make you feel proud!


Robert Campbell

By Robert Campbell<br><img src="" alt="Robert Campbell" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>

Started work writing medical cards in 1966 at Staffordshire Executive Council. Have worked at Inner London Executive Council, Hertfordshire Executive Council, Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham FPC, Birmingham FPC, Dudley FPC and Wakefield FPC and Family Health Services Authority. I was seconded to the NHS Appeals Unit and have worked as a full time GP practice manager since 1992 until 2010. I was also an AMSPAR trainer at Park Lane College, Leeds. Now I work as a freelance author.