GPC briefs LMCs on consequences of GPs quitting NHS en masse

LMCs have been briefed by the GPC on the consequences of large numbers of GPs resigning in protest at contract changes.

A slide-show document has been prepared for LMC members discussing the range of options available to GPs should they reject the government's imposition.

The guidance is a response to suggestions by GPs to reject the government's contract offer and their threat to quit the NHS.

The document outlines the potential advantages of a mass walk-out and how GPs could work privately should it go ahead.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘The BMA is not encouraging or even asking GPs to leave the NHS. We are fighting to preserve it.

‘GPs care passionately about the NHS. They have great fears about the government's intent to introduce private firms into primary care which risks destroying the traditional model of UK general practice that is so highly valued and trusted by patients and admired across the world.

‘We are naturally looking at all the options if faced with an imposition by government, including advising GPs of the consequences of leaving the NHS.’

The GPC is to ask GPs next month whether they accept a DoH contract deal that would see the average practice open an extra three hours per week with a 1.5 per cent income uplift.

It is unclear the circumstances under which GPs might be asked if they want to resign en masse.

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