No confidence in Darzi vote planned by Scottish LMCs

Scottish LMCs may call for the immediate resignation of health minister Lord Darzi.

Ayrshire and Arran LMC proposed the motion, which will be debated at the Scottish LMCs conference in Clydebank this week.

The LMC says that Darzi's plans to allow unqualified doctors to staff polyclinics, revealed in GP last month, 'belittles the expertise of GPs'.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw later denied the plan.

Another motion under discussion at the conference will call for an end to the UK-wide contract, so that Scotland can then prioritise its own health needs.

'Everything at the moment appears to be predicated on the needs of London and the south east,' said Dr John Rankin, secretary of Forth Valley LMC, who proposed the motion.

He cited polyclinics and extended hours as 'solutions to problems that don't exist in the rest of the UK being foisted on us'.

A third motion will call for GPs to consider strike action, in protest at 'the relentless and continuous erosion' of GP pay.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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