This is further to my thread here (but can't seem to post there for some reason): https://www.keepbritainfree.com/forum/activism/what-care-is-the-nhs-a-gp-legally-obliged-to-provide
Just written to the Royal College of GPs: I have been trying to find the answer to this, but have been unable so I wonder if you can help me. Could you tell me what specific aspects of the law GP practices are following when they say that patients cannot be seen in person, and must only be seen by telephone or digital appointment please? The CoronaVirus Act was revoked and replaced on 3rd July with Part 2 and it’s unclear exactly what applies to medical care? https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/684/regulation/1/made Matt Hancock has since said all healthcare apts will have to remain remote / digital for the foreseeable. On what authority has he done that? And on what legal basis are GP practices enacting it?
Secondly, could you point me at what rights patients have during this time? If, say, GP practices are enacting guidance as if it was law, and are rationing, reducing or cutting services to patients, what recourse do patients have?
Thirdly, could you let me know, are GP practices and care providers still subject to PSED duty, equality impact assessments and risk assessments? I assume they are obliged, when working out what services to offer, to ensure they are not discriminatory. E.g. telephone appointments could be exclusionary to hard of hearing and deaf people, and zoom or digital appointments are difficult to access for those who are elderly, don’t have access to technology or are learning disabled?
My local practice, I hear anecdotally, are asking patients to take photos of body parts and text and email to them the surgery. I assume that practice is not consistent with good risk assessments, GDPR, or patient dignity, privacy or confidentiality? it would only take one nefarious person in the practice to upload intimate photos to a p0rn site, or share them outside the practice for that to be quite a serious breach I assume?