BMA chairman calls for unity from salaried GPs

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum has urged salaried and sessional GPs to avoid talk of splits in the profession and try to resolve their differences within the BMA.

Click on the video above to watch a clip of our interview with Dr Fieldhouse, chairman of the National Association of Sessional GPs, who talks about the split between salaried and locum GPs.

By Judy Sands

Dr Meldrum, the former GPC chairman, said comments about a split were ‘not helpful' and played into government hands.

He told GP newspaper that over the years there had been numerous discussions with sessional and salaried GPs about having their own committee but they had always chosen to stay within the GPC.

‘From my point of view we have never pressured them one way or the other,' he said.

He admitted ongoing BMA discussions on the representation of sessional and salaried GPs were likely to be ‘speeded up' as the Medical Practitioners Union (MPU) sought to attract GPs disaffected with the BMA. He said it was part of his job to ensure salaried GPs were happy.

Dr Meldrum said he did not believe there was a conflict of interest in the BMA representing both employers and employees.

‘We have mechanisms in place such as those we use for dealing with partnership disputes. This is not new for us.'

  • Read the full version of this story in this week's issue of GP dated 18 September


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