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!