I have been a GP principal for 11 years, but I have continued to support the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) by paying my annual collegiate membership fees since I gained my membership some 14 years ago.
This was on the basis that the RCP did a lot of quiet work behind the scenes on behalf of the profession and I was happy to help facilitate that financially.
No longer. I can no longer be part of an institution that tacitly or overtly supports a selection system based on the deeply flawed Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) that has resulted in so much misery and despair for thousands of junior doctors.
Nor can I remain neutral on the unworkably inflexible nature of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) and the inhumane consequences that will result from it.
It’s not just the prospect of 10,000 junior doctors without a training post on 1 August or the patient safety issues of having a single ‘go live’ date for all doctors in the new system that concern me.
As a family physician it’s the ‘anti-family’ nature of the reforms which seem so unacceptable. Forcing people to apply through super-deaneries will inevitably compel them to relocate and dislocate from family and friends. Doctor–doctor partners might find themselves at opposite ends of the country.
In order to continue working in medicine many junior doctors will be forced to leave the UK. In contrast to the MMCs Group, the junior doctors’ MMC/MTAS campaign group Remedy UK has a workable solution which is fair to all parties (www.remedyuk.org).
I will be cancelling my subscription to the RCP with immediate effect and would encourage all GP members likewise to examine their consciences and act accordingly.
Dr Julian Orton