How do the PCT deal with retiring GP's who continue to practice.

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Sir or Madam,

How many GP's who have retired but continued to practice, since 2004, have had their entry on the performers list removed and had to reapply?

How many GP's who have retired but continued to practice, since 2004, have had their entry on the performers list ammended and not had to reapply?

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Kumar

Dear Sir or Madam,

I submitted a Freedom of Information request on 18th May 2008. My request was as follows.

How many GP's who have retired but continued to practice, since 2004, have had their entry on the performers list removed and had to reapply?

How many GP's who have retired but continued to practice, since 2004, have had their entry on the performers list ammended and not had to reapply?

A response was due by 17th June 2008, under the Freedom of Information Act, but has not been received. I would be grateful if you could give this matter your full attention.

Yours sincerely,

Milan Kumar

Paton John (5P4) West Hertfordshire PCT, West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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I attach a copy of my response dated 12 June, which said:

From: Paton John (5P4) West Hertfordshire PCT
Sent: 12 June 2008 11:09
To: '[email address]'
Subject: Your FoI request

On 18 May Mr M Kumar sent an FoI request:

Q1) How many GP's who have retired but continued to practice, since
2004,have had their entry on the performers list removed and had to
reapply?

ANSWER: We process retirement exactly the same for each GP. They write in
to the Practitioner Services Unit giving details of when they wish to
retire. Some GP's may not rejoin their practice after taking retirement
and leave the performers list altogether. Some change their status on the
performers list from Principal to locum or salaried GP. If there is no
break in service we do not ask them to reapply. We have not had any cases
where the retiring GP asked to be deleted from the Performers List and
then changed their minds and asked to be re-instated

Q2) How many GP's who have retired but continued to practice, since 2004,
have had their entry on the performers list amended and not had to
reapply?

RESPONSE: I do not yet have the numbers of cases where the GP retired but
told us that they wished to stay on working in the practice or elsewhere
as a locum and had their entry on the Performers List amended to show the
change in status. I will send this as soon as I get it.

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