GPs to challenge health secretary Andrew Lansley at BMA conference

The BMA's Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) this week will be a key opportunity to challenge the health secretary for detail about his plans for the NHS, GP leaders have said.

Mr Lansley will be challenged by the BMA
Mr Lansley will be challenged by the BMA

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said this years ARM, which starts in Brighton on Monday, is a ‘window of political opportunity’ for the BMA to state their case and views for the type of the NHS it wants.

He said: ‘The ARM will be eager to hear from Andrew Lansley and will challenge him to come up with the detail and to reassure the BMA that these policies that will be benefit patient and profession and not damage healthcare through cuts.

‘It is an important ARM, as we are about to have a White Paper. We need to be quite clear in terms of our aspirations.’

Over the four-day conference delegates will also cast their votes on whether revalidation should be fully funded by central government and whether revalidation should not be introduced without the process of remediation having been fully funded.

A motion that calls for any pay restraints to be accompanied by a government agreement to accept and fully implement any future DDRB awards once the economy has recovered, is also set to be raised.

Other issues that delegates will vote on include the commercialisation of the NHS, the removal of practice boundaries, Payment by Results and the Transforming Community Services reforms.

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