LMC leaders prepare to debate NHS reforms

NHS reforms and the Health Bill will dominate discussions on the first morning of the UK conference of LMCs in London this week.

The LMC conference agenda will see leading GPs discuss the government's plans for a single GP contract, GP pensions as well as a debate about whether the GPC should advise a boycott of plans to force practices to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A number of motions raised are highly critical of the government's plans, with concerns raised particularly around competition, the 'any willing provider' policy and the 'excessive' powers planned for the NHS Commissioning Board.

One motion will call for the GPC to ballot all GPs in England about whether they are happy to be in GP commissioning consortia.

The impact of the NHS reforms on the future of GP training is also up for discussion, with a motion calling for the GPC to work to maintain the current deanery model.

Meanwhile, the LMCs conference will also debate a motion which calls on the government to meet the costs of the CQC registration fee for general practice, expected to be around £1,000.

One motion calls on the GPC to advise a boycott of the CQC registration plans until it can be shown to be appropriately simple and effective.

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