GPs are not to blame for NHS deficits

The BMA has rejected government claims that GPs have 'over-performed' under the new GMS contract.

Delegates at the ARM passed a series of unanimous votes deploring 'any attempt to blame NHS problems on general practice's achievements' and rejecting 'any suggestion that delivering high-quality primary care is over-performance'.

Dr John Dracass, chairman of West Hampshire LMC, said: 'Over-performance, as a pejorative reflection, is devious, illogical, ungrammatical spit.'

Proposing the motions, GPC member Dr Eric Rose asked the conference 'in what other field would the workforce be criticised for rising to meet targets?'

The meeting also unanimously voted to turn a number of LMC motions into BMA policy including that 'the revision of the Carr Hill formula for general practice resources be expedited' and that GPC 'ensure the MPIG will continue until the global sum is adequately resourced'.

GPC representative Dr Andrew Green said that 'rural practice is in turmoil' and revision of MPIG may make it worse.

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