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CRI requests for substance abuse patients

The linked letter below from CRI is being forwarded to every practice by the LMC. I am aware that some practices may have been sent, or have seen , a previous version of this, the contents of which were unacceptable to the LMC and it has therefore been revised following the receipt of LMC comments.

It goes without saying that the LMC has made it clear to CRI that practices are neither funded nor contracted, and do not have the capacity, to carry out or arrange investigations required for care being carried out by other providers, and it is inappropriate for CRI to be sending patients to their practices for this purpose, regardless of patient choice or convenience. If there are any future instances of this happening, please notify the LMC.

In respect of the issue of CRI requesting investigation results from practices, it is perfectly legitimate to share information required by another provider for direct patient care, and this of course is entirely in line with GMC guidance on good medical practice. Of course individual requests may need to be assessed as to whether information sharing, and/or the validity of implied consent for this, is appropriate in the particular circumstances.

Click here to download the document "CRI letter to Primary Care".


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