Letters, calls and emails: Why can't BMA act in GPs' interests?

Dear Editor

I see the GMC took the apparently laudable step of allowing doctors to opt out of performing procedures to which they had an ethical objection, so long as they were prepared to refer their patients to someone who would do it if necessary.

However, it seems the 'BMA', in the guise of Dr Tony Calland, immediately jumps up to protest against doctors being extended this right, which all other people are allowed.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the BMA does not represent the interests of doctors, and we would be better off being represented as our trade union by the GMC, the Community Health Council, or the local community and patient partnership.

How can we get the BMA to shut up and stop causing us grief at every turn?

Dr David Church, (former BMA member) Machynlleth, Powys .

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