GPs complain about 'biased' poll questions

The crucial wording of the questions in the BMA's poll of opinion has been criticised as 'biased' by GPs.

Concern has been expressed that the result is now inevitable, after the GPC described Option A, the DoH offer, as the least worst earlier this month.

Dr Sarah Bedford, a GP in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, whose Facebook page titled Protect NHS General Practice now has 1,000 members, said the consensus online was that the questions were badly worded and encouraged GPs to accept the offer. 

‘Having the option to say you are opposed to both afterwards gives everyone a mandate to vote "yes". It lets people who are worried feel that they are doing something,' said Dr Bedford.

Dr Paul Roblin, Oxfordshire LMC chief executive, thought the questions emphasised the GPC motion. 

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman stressed that it was a poll of opinion not a ballot, and that the GPC was not necessarily obliged to do what the majority vote for.

‘It would be strange to ignore people's opinions, but there is a difference between this and a ballot. I am asking for GPs' opinion,' he said.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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