No Politician will be moved by these campaigns. Unless
backed by action they will have no impact on the next General Election whatsoever.
Apart from refusing OOH what about the obvious-withdrawing from CCGs? Unfortunately the Government has done such a good job of dividing us it will be very hard to get the commissioners on board.
All very well, but we must put our own house in order.
Manpower shortage in Primary Care will undermine this concept.
Think outside the box. Scrap the whole ghastly mess of an exam and devise a fair and simple way of choosing future GPs, and God help them.
Thanks to the Daily Mail we are already unpopular enough without voting for charging patients.
This subject is to be debated in a proper forum and those who wish to make their feelings clear should lobby their LMC Reps. This is not primarily a BMA or RCGP matter.
No-one, GPC, BMA or any other body should be advocating increased work-load in the present financial crisis faced by primary care. There should be no barrier at the family doctor's door-if you want this-redesign the whole service.
You talk about savings for CCGs but will this be passed on to practices once the next Government withdraws the initial trial funding? Just stop and think what you are committing your colleagues to.With what democratic mandate do you choose to represent your hard-pressed and impoverished colleagues?
Surely this is one battle the GPC can win? This could prove to be the line in the sand. Unity is strength.
So now we have our lions but what is the use if they only have an army of donkeys behind them?
This couple have sadly been let down by their own profession which seems to prefer to collaborate with the Dept of Health rather than support any notion of industrial action.
If all this leads to a simplification of the farcical process in obtaining the MRCGP, future General Practice, if it has a future, will benefit significantly.
Dr Dixon, time you followed the example of Lord Carrington in the Falklands crisis.
A principled resignation will earn you lasting respect in the ranks from which you sprang.
Interesting, all this bluster but no-one advocating the traditional way of getting politicians to listen-industrial action.
The fault, dear Brutus, lies in ourselves...............
The best thing the BMA can do is join forces with the other Health Service4 Unions to fight the Governments determination to make us all economic regulators. Alone we lack political kudos in the corridors of power. How are the mighty fallen!!
The SNP is fiancially irresponsible and will happily write out cheques for our Scottish bretheren to plunge into their sporrans but the anguish will come later.
One definite side effect which I have personally suffered
is eye irritation. Many patients are one more than one drug. What about some studies looking for cross-reactions and summative side effects??
Perhaps in future all RCGP policy will reflect the majority views of it's members rather than those of a few Academics divorced from the coal-face of primary care?
All these candidates are to be congratulated for their willingness to serve the profession rather than sit on their backsides and hurl criticism from the sidelines
The Welsh conference should have debated an emergency motion of No Confidence in the Minister rather than politely absorb all his propaganda.
Sir Stuart is a brave man. I hope his retail experience will enable him to recognize the can of worms the politicos have handed him.