30 June 2021
Member alert: Covid-19 easement to suspend the need for signatures extended to 31 August 2021
Further to our 18 June update we can now confirm the Covid-19 easement to suspend patients signatures on GOS claims has been extended to 31 August 2021.
This is to avoid cross contamination and help minimise the handling of paperwork when collecting medicines or receiving eye or dental care.
The Department of Health and Social Care has said this must be carried out in line with the following criteria:
- Contractors are asked to complete the relevant GOS forms, on behalf of the patient. Patients should be asked to confirm their eligibility and for that to be marked on the relevant form. Practices should continue to ask patients to produce evidence of entitlement and should mark the form 'evidence not seen' if a patient does not produce this. Where patients should sign forms, contractors are asked to annotate the form with 'COVID-19'. Signatures from contractors/performers are still required on all forms
The extension will be reviewed again before 31 August and FODO via the OFNC will again input to that review.