Junior doctor strike key to future of general practice, says top GP trainee

The junior doctor contract dispute is important for the future of general practice because GPs and juniors face similar pressures, a leading GP registrar has warned.

Speaking exclusively to GPonline on the eve of the BMA's second day of strike action against the government's proposed new juniors' contract, GPC trainee subcommittee member Dr Bea Bakshi said the government was attempting to stretch GP and junior doctor services further without proper resources. 

Junior doctor strike

Dr Bakshi, a registrar in north west London, said patient services were being compromised in general practice by funding pressures and warned the government was putting patients at risk. GPs had been put in a position where they 'need to stand up for themselves', said Dr Bakshi, referring to the special LMCs conference vote last month that could see GPs threaten to resign en masse. 'I would fully support that,' she added. 

Dr Bakshi said juniors just wanted to secure a contract which is safe for patients and delivers high quality care'. Juniors, she added, do not know if the government will compromise over the disagreement. 'But it's sad to say we are going to see a significant impact on our junior doctor workforce and many junior doctors actually leaving the country should this contract be imposed.'

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