LMCs to protest over DoH 'hypocrisy' on extended hours

LMC representatives are set to protest to the government that it is riding roughshod over its own family-friendly working policies by requiring GPs to work extended hours.

Nottingham LMC has accused the government of ignoring the needs of GPs' families.

The extended hours requirement ‘gives the lie to any suggestion that they are committed to achieving family-friendly working conditions for all who work in the NHS,' the LMC says in a motion to next month's annual LMCs conference in central London.

A recent survey showed that Nottinghamshire GPs are likely to foil the government's attempts to make them work at weekends.

Only 17.5 per cent of GPs in Nottingham City PCT are willing to work Saturdays. Thirty-six per cent of GPs in Nottinghamshire County PCT would work weekends.

‘The vast majority of the practices who responded to our survey are saying no to Saturday mornings. From the family friendly point of view they are reluctant to give up their hard won weekends,' said Nottinghamshire LMC's chief executive Chris Locke.

‘The demographics of the profession have changed, so there are many more women. It's unrealistic to expect women to work extended hours, especially when it's uneconomic to do so and when it means giving up your weekend.

‘It's a difficult balance between consumerism and being family-friendly and the government wants to have it both ways.'

prisca.middlemiss@haymarket.com

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