Video: Why GPs are ready to follow junior doctors' lead and take action

GPs are ready to follow the example set by junior doctor strikes by taking real action over the growing crisis in general practice, a GP at the heart of the east London Save our Surgeries campaign has said.

Speaking to GPonline after LMCs voted for the BMA to canvass the profession on handing in undated resignations - to be used if the government fails to come up with a rescue package for general practice within six months - Jubilee Street GP Dr Naomi Beer said the mood at the special LMCs conference on 30 January was 'very clear'.

'We have been hearing promises and we have been trying to create solutions and people have been talking about a crisis for so long, she said. 'Now it is actually happening. Practices are failing, people can actually wake up and see that their jobs are on the line, their health is on the line, patient services are on the line - it is such a critical point now that services could collapse, almost within the next five minutes, it feels like.'

Dr Beer, who spoke in favour of canvassing the profession over undated resignations at the special LMCs conference, welcomed LMCs' support for the move. 'Finally we have had a motion on taking action that might actually have some teeth. This government is not listening,' she said.

'We have to take the junior doctors' lead and take a stand. We have to say enough is enough, it is not a safe service anymore.'

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