There is already another union, there’s Doctors in Unite formerly the medical practitioners union. We are a national branch of the health sector of Unite the Union which has 100000 health workers. DiU/MPU has been in existence for over 100 years.
Words fail me! So the independent review is still underway, the new GP contract commits to a review of the out of area registration scheme and Hammersmith and Fulham CCG profess that GP@Hand has caused them to have an £18 million short fall which they expect other London CCGs to pay, yet this inequitable, unproven service, which seriously threatens a new version of the inverse care law ie: Care is more accessible to the IT literate (usually younger and fitter) than those less so (usually older, less fit, poorer and for whom English is a second language)is allowed to let rip!! This is no way to run a comprehensive, universal health service. I hope Hammersmith and Fulham CCG don't try to go cap in hand to Birmingham when the secondary care bills start to roll in from there!!! Rhetorical question, but why do NHSE allow this......oh yes, I forgot, our esteemed SoS for Health and Social Care is a patient of GP@Hand and just for the record his ex boss, George Osbourne is Editor of the London Evening Standard which is running a project with Babylon promoting digital health care in London.......
It really is time that Matt Hancock committed to abolishing the out of area registration scheme which has allowed Babylon GP@Hand to push this model which is so destabilising to everybody else.
This is a disgrace, how many of us are up for temporarily closing our lists in solidarity? Could Pulse do a survey? The BMA ballot last year showed that over 50% of those who responded would consider it. Things have only got worse since then. NHSE couldn't force all of us to re-open, then they might actually have to do something constructive to get us out of this mess.
Dr Jackie Applebee, GP, Tower Hamlets
Yes we can justify temporary suspension of patient registration on the grounds of patient safety, hence avoiding a breach notice, and given that 84% in a GPC survey last year said that their workload undermined their ability to provide safe patient care it would seem that most GPs are in a position to do this. Slight bias here, but this was our Tower Hamlets motion and I unashamedly proposed it. The time for talking is over, we must act TOGETHER, ALL OF US, now otherwise General Practice will be dead as a dodo!
I think it is excellent that the BMA have called this SRM. We need to make sure that we get some action out of it. No one can deny that the NHS faces an unprecedented crisis, it is kept going by the good will of those of us who work in it and this is not sustainable. George Osborne did nothing to plug the deficit in his budget yesterday. I totally disagree with those who say the NHS is gone or can't be saved. It can be, but it won't be if no one fights for it. Good on the BMA for organising this, the junior doctors have shown us how to fight, lets get on with it and lets save the NHS.