BMA explains why it gave up GP primary care monopoly

Allowing alternative providers into general practice was inevitable, BMA Council chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum has said.

Hamish Meldrum
Hamish Meldrum

Speaking to the BMA’s GPs-to-be conference yesterday, Dr Meldrum explained his decision to give up the GP monopoly on primary care when negotiating the new contract.

Diversity of providers was ‘something that was happening anyway’, he said.

He added that it was necessary if GPs were to have greater control of their workload. ‘If we’re able to say no, then somebody else has got to be able to say yes,’ he said.

Dr Meldrum also criticised the ‘knee-jerk negativity’ with which GPs often greet government policy.

‘Don't be put off by older, disillusioned GPs,’ he told the younger doctors.

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