31 October 2018 – Pulse Today
GPs could become contractually obligated to carry out a six-week postnatal check for new mothers as part of next year’s GP contract.
The Government has requested for such a check to be ‘considered’ as part of the negotiations for the 2019/20 GMS contract.
At the moment, GP practices can opt out of additional maternal and child health surveillance services, but this check does not form part of these.
It is also not part of core GMS services, and Pulse understands that placing the six-week check under either option could be negotiated for the 2019/20 contract.