Sessional GPs in talks to switch from BMA

The National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP) is in talks with the Medical Practitioners' Union (MPU) about representing salaried and sessional GPs.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse
Dr Richard Fieldhouse

The move would be a blow to the BMA, although it still retains sole negotiating rights.

Writing on the NASGP website, Dr Richard Fieldhouse, the organisation's chief executive, says: ‘There comes a point when one has heard too many salaried GPs sobbing down the phone. Bullied by their employers, as employees they have turned to their trade union only to find that same union also represents their employer — hardly surprising when the BMA goes round saying they're the ‘only' trade union for GPs.

‘A working party of seven NASGP members has considered several options presented to it by the MPU. Our plan is for now to start by working with the MPU to increase our members' awareness of the MPU as a trade union that can help out vulnerable salaried GPs when it comes to independent representation in a practice dispute, plus other benefits that such a large organisation can offer.'

  • Should salaried and sessional GPs break away from the BMA?

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