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Workforce Minimum Data Set - GPC Position January 2015

CONFIDENTIAL TO LMC MEMBER PRACTICES ONLY, NOT TO BE SHARED OR FORWARDED IN WHOLE OR PART WITHOUT THE LMC’S CONSENT

Following concerns raided last year by a number of practices I requested that the GPC seek definitive legal advice in respect of the obligations on practices to provide detailed workforce data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. I can only apologise for the fact that it has taken some months for this to be produced, as the issues are quite complex but, finally, GPC guidance is attached and I’m afraid that it does not provide good news.There are unfortunately legal obligations for practices to provide information, and as you will read, these override practice’s data protection obligations.This is yet another downside, as if you didn’t already have enough to cope with, of theHealth and Social Care Act.There are still some unanswered questions and the GPC is still in discussion with both HSCIC and NHS England in respect of these and also in order to ensure that practices are fully supported in this matter and that the additional burden placed upon you is minimised as far as possible.I personally cannot see why provision of some of the information demandedeg. Staff national insurance numbers is considered essential and I have asked for a specific response on this.This is therefore only interim guidance, which I would still ask you all to read very carefully, and act upon the contents.I hope that updated advice will be available later in the month.

I am now off to purchase a bullet proof vest………

Dr. Robert Morley
Executive Secretary
Birmingham Local Medical Committee

36 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3AF

Tel. 0121-454 5008, Fax. 0121-455 0758
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Birmingham Local Medical Committee
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