COVID: NHS allows GPs to postpone health checks for over-75s and new patients to focus on booster jabs

NHS England has said practices can also defer taking on new patients, as well as minor surgery until 31 March

12/4/2021 4:37:00 PM

NHS England has said practices can also defer taking on new patients, as well as minor surgery until 31 March

NHS England has also revealed the online National Booking Service for boosters will be updated to reflect changes in eligibility 'no later than 13 December'.

Despite the announcement that all over-18s are now eligible for a booster, and the gap between second and third doses is reduced from six to three months, the online National Booking Service has not been updated to reflect the changes.In its letter the NHS promised that the system would be up to date"as soon as possible and no later than 13 December".

The newly-eligible groups will be invited to have their third doses in"descending" five-year age groups, starting with the 30 to 39-year-olds.The health service also revealed the Army and"clinical students" would also be called upon to maximise capacity in the booster rollout.

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There not even seeing people anyway getting an appointment is a joke Leave the GP to get on with the job and get drive through set up, could probably vaccinate the entire population in 1 weekend. Just holt everything for 48 hrs and just get it done. Quit the fanny around. Sibling with profound learning disability just endured 3 hours of surgery to remove an abscess that festered due to no face to face GP appointment after weeks of begging.

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NHS may never recover to pre-Covid days, senior medic warnsDr Andrew Buist, of the British Medical Association, urged the Scottish Government to act to improve the situation.

Covid: GPs can defer some services in booster jab pushPractices in England can postpone minor surgery and routine health checks for over-75s, NHS chiefs say. Got mine in 11 days time. A selection process for who gets treatment here and in Austria & Germany a selection process for who can go out and mix with others. Does anyone else find this a bit scary! Another example of public health being sacrificed at the altar of covid.

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UK's Covid booster jabs ARE likely to protect against OmicronProfessor Saul Faust, who led the new study, said six different vaccines proved safe and effective as booster shots for people who had received two doses of AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech. Natural immunity also protects you from a cold likely 🙏🏻

Omicron Despite the announcement that all over-18s are now eligible for a booster, and the gap between second and third doses is reduced from six to three months, the online National Booking Service has not been updated to reflect the changes. In its letter the NHS promised that the system would be up to date"as soon as possible and no later than 13 December". The newly-eligible groups will be invited to have their third doses in"descending" five-year age groups, starting with the 30 to 39-year-olds. The health service also revealed the Army and"clinical students" would also be called upon to maximise capacity in the booster rollout. Commenting on the decision for GP surgeries, the Patients Association told The Guardian that delaying health checks for the elderly risked symptoms being missed. But the Royal College of GPs, welcoming the acknowledgment the system is already stretched, said the"temporary" measures are"sensible". Dr Farah Jameel, GP committee chair of the British Medical Association, told the BBC they would remove"some of the more bureaucratic and target-based requirements within practices' contracts". Related Topics