Safeguarding reports and CNSGP

THE Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that the compiling of safeguarding reports for NHS patients will now be included within scope of the CNSPG (Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice) in England.

It was initially thought that, as these reports can be chargeable under collaborative fees arrangements, they should be deemed to be private work and therefore out of scope. However, lobbying from the BMA extended an alternative view of these statutory reports as being reimbursed by the system rather than a private service to patients.

This perspective has been accepted by DHSC and NHS Resolution, and therefore actions originating from the completion of safeguarding reports after 1 April 2019 will be covered by CNSGP.