GPC faces grilling by angry local medical committees

Ebbing confidence in the GPC is likely to be a major talking point at next week’s local medical committees (LMCs) conference, according to conference chairman Dr Fay Wilson.

LMC conference chair Dr Fay Wilson
LMC conference chair Dr Fay Wilson

She said work needed to be done to raise morale among GPs and faith in the direction of government policy in the NHS.

'This year the LMCs conference is attracting a lot of attention from outside GP circles,' she said. 'This is not something we've seen for quite a while and that reflects very much more on the role that GPs are now being asked to play in healthcare.

'There are a lot of concerns among GPs and it will be good to get them out in the open on the first day. I think it's going to be more heated than usual this year and there are big issues under discussion and not as many minor issues in people's minds.

'GPs do want a change of direction and a change in attitude in the way doctors are treated. Politicians are definitely opening their offensive on the medical professions with GPs.'

Another hot topic is the slow implementation of practice-based commissioning, she said.

Dr Wilson added: 'Do we have confidence in the government? Do we have confidence in the GPC? There are voices of discontent in its ability to represent us. Is there a level playing field for consortia of GPs to tender for business against the private sector? These are all questions that will probably be the main themes of the LMCs conference.'

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