Briefing: GPs and private work

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j774 (Published 14 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j774
  1. Gareth Iacobucci, senior reporter, The BMJ

Recent reports of an NHS general practice in Dorset offering private consultations on its premises have sparked debate about what is acceptable. Gareth Iacobucci explains the issues

What private work can GPs do while working for the NHS?

General practitioners working in the NHS under General Medical Services (GMS) or Personal Medical Services (PMS) contracts are restricted in terms of the private practice they can offer to their NHS registered patients. However, they are permitted to charge NHS patients for a limited list of services such as travel vaccinations, injury or sickness certificates for insurance purposes, and holiday insurance certificates.1

Neither GMS nor PMS contracts preclude practices from accepting private patients for care, but patients cannot simultaneously be registered as NHS and private patients with the same practice.

There is a 10% limit on private earning within the practice premises. If …

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