GP leaders to debate mass resignation from practice contracts

GP leaders will later this month debate proposals for mass resignation from the NHS unless a rescue package for general practice is secured.

Motions published on Friday for debate at a special crisis conference of LMC representatives that takes place on 30 January include a proposal to ask GPs to submit undated contract resignations should efforts to secure a rescue package for general practice be unsuccessful.

The motion, to be proposed by Buckinghamshire LMC, also instructs the GPC to identify ‘actions that GPs can undertake without breaching their contracts’, and to consider a ballot of the profession on what services ‘must cease to reduce the workload to ensure safe and sustainable care for patients’.

A motion to be moved by Oxfordshire LMC calls on GPC to consider abandoning the independent contractor model.

GP crisis

City and East London LMCs will propose a motion calling on GPC to ‘explore all options by which GP practices could lawfully withdraw from engaging with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)’. The motion calls for reimbursement of CQC fees and for the GPC to campaign for the CQC’s abolition.

Other motions to be debated include a call for  15-minute consultations, separate contracts for home visits and care homes.

The conference, which will take place in central London, will be addressed by RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker.

GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘GPs' first priority is their patients. They want to be able to provide enough time and appointments and ensure every member of the public who comes through their practice door gets a safe, high quality service.

GP workload

'The calling of this special conference is a reflection of the untenable situation where relentless workload pressures, soaring demand and funding cuts has meant that  GPs are prevented from providing this high standard of care. The conference will bring together grassroots GPs and BMA GP leaders to look at ways to address this unmanageable strain, with clear measures to ensure the future sustainability of general practice.

‘It will also undoubtedly reflect a strong feeling from GPs that the government must urgently provide GP practices with the resources, staff and support so they can meet the needs of their patients. General practice needs to be freed from the shackles of pointless bureaucracy and disproportionate regulatory scrutiny, which leaves GPs endlessly filling in paperwork when they should be helping their patients. 

‘General practice is a broad church and we will be considering a range of opinions at the conference, but importantly it is time for politicians to take the crisis facing general practice seriously and work with the profession to ensure patients get the care they deserve.’

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