Special LMCs conference: Grassroots GPs don't want mass resignation, warns BMA deputy chair

BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand has warned that grassroots GPs would not back proposals for a mass contract resignation ahead of a key debate at the special LMCs conference.

Speaking to GPonline from the crisis summit Dr Chand said while it was 'tempting' to support the call, GPs must show they want to run the service, not walk away from it.

LMC representatives will vote on whether the profession should be 'canvassed on their willingness' to submit mass undated resignations, following a last-minute change to wording of a key debate.

The motion’s previous wording, if approved, would have called for ‘undated resignations from the current NHS contracts held by GPs’.

Dr Chand said the proposal was 'a good soundbite'. But he added: 'In my view if we can get other messages through: we want to run general practice, we don't want to leave it.'

'We are committed to universal healthcare. What we want is for general practice to survive, not to abandon it, not to leave it, though we are at the brink now, it's very tempting. But I don't think the grassroots GP wants to do that,' he said.

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