Video: Call for GP out-of-hours boycott over rising indemnity costs

GPs should boycott out-of-hours sessions until the government finds a solution to the rising cost of indemnity, a member of the GPC sessional subcommittee has said.

Dr Preeti Shukla from Lancashire and Cumbria LMC made the call at the LMC conference 2017 in Edinburgh. The sessional GP is set to propose the action to GPC next week. 

Dr Shukla told GPonline that a quarter of almost 400 sessional GPs she surveyed had stopped working out-of-hours because of prohibitive indemnity costs. It was ‘imperative something is done now’, she said.

‘We are being forced out of our profession anyway, so why don’t we take action?' Dr Shukla asked the conference. 'Out-of-hours is voluntary.

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‘If we stop identifying ourselves for out-of-hours then we won’t be able to work in the system and the whole system will collapse.

‘We want this to be an eye opener for the DH that if you don’t do anything about indemnity, we will stop working for out-of-hours.’

NHS England agreed to reimburse the increase in indemnity costs for all GPs for 2016/17 and 2017/18, while the winter indemnity scheme for GPs was extended to help cover costs for doctors working out-of-hours shifts over Easter.

The government has suggested it would continue to reimburse cost rises. The Conservative manifesto published yesterday promised ‘appropriate funding for GPs to meet rising costs of indemnity in the short term while working with the profession to introduce a sustainable long-term solution’.

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