The GPC document - Quality first: managing workload to deliver safe patient care confirms that, despite pressures, the safe provision of care to patients must remain GPs’ overriding priority, and so with reference to this the LMC informs that consultation is underway about how LMC can support practices with this approach.

The LMC has now presented this approach to the Medical Director, the CEO and also at a meeting with the Clinical Directors in August.

It is hoped that this advice, documents and standard template letters, that can be sent back to the requestor, will allow practices to control the influx of innapropriate workload.

We have also included a standardised form, for practices to report back to the LMC, which will allow monitoring of any inappropriate work transfer on a regular basis. This will continue to inform discussion with ABUHB representatives and identify any service gaps in provision.