If both alternatives are unacceptable, what is there to choose? In either case we are being asked to work longer hours for no extra pay. What choice is that, and of what other workforce is such a thing being demanded?
Dr Buckman says: 'We are not recommending any course of action ... but a recognition that between two bad alternatives, one is worse than the other.'
What sort of leadership is this? What GPs need is not a clarification of the issues but a clear lead. The BMA has decided to fudge and hope for the best.
Dr Buckman must come off the fence and provide his own alternative as an option upon which we can vote.
Dr Jonathan Holbrook, Ewell, Surrey
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