Delegates at the annual conference in London will vote on whether to reject the GP Forward View as an adequate response to the crisis facing the profession and whether there is sufficient grounds for a trade dispute.
The agenda committee took the unprecedented step of writing the motion itself after receiving advice from lawyers to ensure it was legally possible for GPs to follow through with any action approved through the vote.
If approved, GPs will be balloted on whether they would be willing to take industrial action, whether they would sign an undated resignation and what form of industrial action they would be willing to take.
The GPC would also produce a report to practices outlining the options for taking industrial action that would not be in breach of their contracts.
The motion will be proposed by Tower Hamlets LMC.
Motion in full:
That conference does not accept the GP Forward View is an adequate response to the GPC’s statement of need within the BMAs Urgent Prescription for General Practice, and considering this to be sufficient grounds for a trade dispute, unless the government agrees to accept the Urgent Prescription within three months of this conference, the GPC should ask the BMA to:
(i) Ballot the profession on their willingness to sign undated resignations
(ii) Ballot the profession on their willingness to take industrial action
(iii) Ballot the profession as to what forms of industrial action they are prepared to take
(iv) Produce a report to practices on the options for taking industrial action that doesn’t breach their contracts