GPs' strike threat

GPs could go on strike if the DoH or devolved governments in the UK try to strip the Review Body of its power to set GP pay.

LMC representatives backed a motion calling for the BMA to develop a strategy including the option of industrial action if governments 'adversely change the remit' of the Review Body. GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum backed the move, warning that GPs had to keep 'the ultimate weapon' as an option.

Buckinghamshire LMC member Dr Gill Beck told the conference that a vote for industrial action would empower the GPC to take a stronger line against the DoH pay freeze.

'We need to decide what help we will give the GPC - are we prepared to take action against the government?' she asked.

But LMCs representatives rejected a call for immediate action, because it would be impossible without affecting patients. Dr Meldrum said it risked undermining patient support for GPs.

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