Practice staff could have more power in GP providers under Labour plans

Practice staff could be given voting rights on GP partnerships under plans announced by the Labour party.

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth (Photo: PjrNews/Alamy Stock Photo)
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth (Photo: PjrNews/Alamy Stock Photo)

Under the policy revealed by shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, every organisation providing NHS care services would have to give board-level representation to staff, health professionals and patients.

Staff representatives would get votes on the boards of NHS bodies, including CCGs and trusts.

The announcement came as Labour pledged to end the long-running 1% cap on NHS pay and to give the health service 'the funding it needs'.

Speaking to a Unison health workers conference on Wednesday Mr Ashworth said Labour wanted NHS staff and patients to have a ‘real, genuine voice’ in the running of the NHS.

NHS staff

The plans for board-level staff representation, he said, would apply to ‘any organisation providing NHS care’.

The announcement suggests that salaried GPs, as well as other staff, would be given voting rights in any provider organisation they work for. ‘This will apply to those private companies currently providing services or we will insist they hand back their contracts,' Mr Ashworth said.

A Labour government, he added, would also insist on board level representation for staff and patients all NHS organisations including CCGs and trusts. ‘Voting rights for staff on NHS boards - a Labour government will deliver it,' he said.

The GPC said it would need to see more details on the plans before being able to consider the implications and whether they address the crisis in general practice. Deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘The BMA will be reviewing the detail of party manifestos to assess how they respond to the important issues identified by our members.’

Mr Ashworth also confirmed a pledge to restore health education bursaries.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus