LMCs demand legal challenge over GP contract changes

The BMA should take legal action through the European courts to overturn GMS contract changes imposed by the government, GP leaders will argue at this month's LMCs conference.

LMCs conference: no confidence vote in GPC
LMCs conference: no confidence vote in GPC

GPC leaders face a vote of no confidence at the conference over pension reforms and imposed changes to the contract.

LMC delegates will warn that the current GMS contract is no longer fit for purpose and demand a ballot of the profession to instruct the GPC to agree a fresh deal.

They will warn that the current deal is ‘unsustainable with falling real terms resources’.

As expected, concerns about the GP workforce will feature heavily at the conference, to be held in central London. One motion for debate says: ‘Conference notes the current workforce crisis in general practice is being accelerated by increasing workload and stress, and falling remuneration and morale, and calls upon the government to take urgent measures to:

(i) promote the recruitment of potential GPs.

(ii) support the retention of existing GPs.

(iii) reduce the number of GPs retiring early.

(iv) reduce the barrier to returning GPs.

(v) reduce the high number of GPs emigrating overseas.'

GP leaders will also debate motions warning that the government intends to privatise the NHS, and call for the GPC to negotiate a removal of the requirement for practices in England to be members of CCGs.

GP leaders will warn that primary care will need significant extra resources to respond to the findings of the Francis inquiry, and will call for guidance to CCGs to help them ‘avoid placing targets above quality’.

LMCs will also call for guarantees that CCGs will not be able to ‘gag’ would-be whistleblowers.

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