I support Naomi Beer's clear and accurate letter
Dr Ron Singer Retired GP and Chair Doctos in Unite.
As chair of Doctors in Unite (MPU) please take the point that a battle has been won but the war is not over. The NHS is in such a financial hole that the government will not stop in forcing wages down.
This is an old ploy from governments of both Parties. They give a little, stop the strike and then come back with something often worse as the will to fight ebbs away. STAY STRONG - PUSH TO KEEP THE STRIKE DATES. This will add pressure to any talks
The MPU conference is at 128 Theobalds Rd Holborn London onn 17th October . For info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Singer chair Doctors in Unite (MPU)
Pulse readers' comments reflect pulse editorial line - rather right wing. History tells us that allowing things to get worse does not result in a progressive backlash. For once I agree with pulse - a big campaign like the one we have started in 3 boroughs in East London is what we need
Ron Singer as Vice-chair E London Save our Surgeries
I am working with East London practices hit by MPIG, PMS reviews and cuts to APMS contracts!! Unite the union is supporting us with 11 organisers, printing leaflets and posters. Big rally with open top bus going through Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Doctors' section of Unite and BMA should work together on this
Ron S chair doctors section Unite
Practice failure/closure is part of the overall government policy of destabilising the NHS and giving it to the private sector. First the community services then secondary care now general practice.
Join the fight for practices starting in East London. What the GP press
All GPs and other doctors can join the Medical Practitioners' Union a section of the biggest union in the country (Unite) see MPU at unitetheunion.org (I am currently MPU's president. Unite has just launched its latest campaign to oppose the NHS Act which will run right up to the election. You can join MPU even if you remain a BMA member also
Maybe the regs will be redrafted but they will come back with honeyed phrases which mean the same. We know the direction of travel, competition law remains operative, the government decided not to apply for an opt out of EU law regarding health services.
Allyson Pollock spoke at the MPU conference on Saturday and was absolutely clear about this. The message is local campaigns are vital to make implementation of tendering as difficult as possible. Otherwise there will be less and less of the NHS there by the time of the next election. CCG flexibilities are getting very limited now - GPs are 'in charge' or will be blamed for the shrinking of the NHS.
Here today gone tomorrow politicians who access private care for themselves and their families. Stupid optimism with £20bn of cuts and more money going to profits just like PFI. As for PFI it will all come unstuck in a few year's time - when Hunt and his mis-pronounced name are forgotten.