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COVER STORY THIS MONTH


If not now, when? Dr Katie Bramall- Stainer


This will give the GPC the arsenal for the battles ahead


Dr James Murphy


How the GP fi ghtback began


The vote by LMCs to consider mass resignation marks a new phase in the profession’s relations with the Government, says Jaimie Kaffash


LMC leaders have thrown down the gauntlet to the Government: unless the crisis in general practice is alleviated by August, the profession will set in motion the so-called ‘nuclear deterrent’. After an often-emotional debate at the


Special LMC Conference in London on 30 January, GP leaders agreed to ‘canvass GPs on their willingness to submit undated resignations’ if the Government fails to deliver a ‘rescue package’ for general practice within six months. They also gave the green light to a ballot of GPs regarding what work practices could stop doing in order to continue providing ‘safe and sustainable care for patients’. While many GP leaders hail this as


a move that will force ministers to listen to the profession’s concerns, others are worried it does not go far enough. The vote comes as health secretary


Jeremy Hunt prepares to announce a ‘package of measures’ he claims will help take the pressure off GP practices. But details of the package were scant as Pulse went to press and the conference


8 February 2016 Pulse


vote will put additional pressure on the Department of Health to ensure the initiatives it unveils are substantial and rapidly effective.


GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul


described the motion as the ‘beginning of the great fightback of general practice’ and urged GPs to unite behind the proposal.


BMA Council member and former acting chair Dr Sam Everington said he had ‘not seen anything like it in his 30-year career’. The vote comes as drawn-out negotiations over the new GP contract in England continue. Pulse last year revealed disquiet within the GPC over how negotiations were proceeding. GPC insiders told Pulse the


Government had ‘brought very little to the table that is going to make a big difference’.


It also comes after junior doctors forced concessions from the DH after one day of industrial action last month. Acas negotiations between the two sides were continuing as Pulse went to press.


The nicely, nicely


campaign is not working Dr Fay Wilson


The motion in full


That conference instructs GPC that should negotiations with Government for a rescue package for general practice not be concluded successfully within six months of the end of this conference:


• Actions that GPs can undertake without breaching their contracts must be identifi ed to the profession


• A ballot of GPs should be considered regarding what work/services must cease to reduce the workload to ensure safe and sustainable care for patients


• The GPC should canvass GPs on their willingness to to submit undated resignations


Source: BMA


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