BMA Annual Representatives' Meeting condemns DoH treatment of GPs

If an employer treated a staff member in the way that the government treated GPs, it would face employment tribunal, said Buckinghamshire GP Dr Gill Beck.

Dr Gill Beck
Dr Gill Beck

She presented a motion condemning the government for its persistent denigratory briefings to the press at the BMA's ARM in Edinburgh today.

Dr Beck said that GPs has been subjected to an orchestrated campaign against them in the past 18 months.

This included government spin that GPs worked 9-5, when they could be bothered to turn up. And that doctors skimmed off money awarded for patient care for their own gain.  

‘If I was an employee, I think I would have a pretty good case for constructive dismissal,' said Dr Beck.

She was supported by consultant Trevor Pickersgill who said the ‘sly briefings' were the result of government attempts to reverse the new GP contract.

‘We expect both sides to stick to it, not just one.  How dare it go back on a negotiated contract and how dare it unilaterally change it?' he said.

Doctors voted for the motion.

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