I raised three main things.
1) Care data. Concerns about the differences in security and purposes of data use in England compared to the devolved nations.
This is to be taken back to NHS England for further discussion.
I would suggest that if RCGP members have concerns they should feed back to RCGP asap so that their views can be expressed via college. Prof Nigel Mathers is leading on this.
2) Last meeting, I asked if the DOIs which are made for all council members could be made public, and if minutes could be published.
The minutes will be published once agreed (so will always be one meeting cycle out.). DOI publication will be addressed.
3) Motion was raised to set up a new standing group for the examination and scrutiny of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. This was passed comfortably. Some faculties had been very supportive. Others were concerned about costs. The group will run virtually, or via google hangout etc, meeting at the annual conference in person. It was suggested that it should be a time limited group. I think that as a standing group was voted in, that’s what should exist. In any case, we need to involve people from now (ie – if you’d like to be involved, tell me). We need to be clear that
-overdiagnosis/overtreatment is twinned with underdiagnosis/undercare. This is key to reducing health inequalities and directing resources at the people most likely to benefit
-the GP contact and RCGP policies need to have the questions of harms considered (eg healthchecks, dementia screening)
-grassroots GPs need support from College to achieve professional practice – part of which is being able to ignore harmful or unhelpful guidelines and treat people holistically. Guidelines for primary care need to be written by primary care and patients.
– already have several fab people who are keen to be involved. There are a lack of women and BME doctors. Are you a GP who would like to be involved? Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
We need patients to be involved at heart. The College has a PPG. I will speak to College to ask if we can get their help, or do we need other people to give their views?
-we need a document to present to the next meeting about
-aims of the group
-focus of the group
-working practice of the group
-intended outcomes of the group.
We can formally launch in Liverpool in Sept but keen to get as much done as possible before then.