Health Bill will dominate debate at LMC conference

The NHS reform plans and the Health Bill will dominate discussions at the annual conference of LMCs in London next month.

The LMC agenda shows other areas for discussion include the government’s plans for a single GP contract, GP pensions as well as a debate about whether the GPC should advise a boycott of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) registration.
 
A number of motions raised are highly critical of the government’s plans, with concerns raised particularly around competition, the Any Willing Provider policy and the ‘excessive powers’ planned for the NHS Commissioning Board.

But one motion also calls for the GPC to ballot all GPs in England about whether they are happy to be in GP commissioning consortia.

The impact of the NHS reforms on the future of GP training is also up for discussion, with a motion calling for the GPC to work to maintain the current deanery model.

Meanwhile, conference will also debate a motion which calls on the government to meet the costs of the CQC registration fee for general practice.

One motion calls on the GPC to advise a boycott of the CQC registration plans until it can be shown to be appropriately simply and effective.

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