BMA and RCGP are focusing on the wrong issue
I wish the BMA and RCGP (both of which I am a member) would focus their resources on the real issues, and not devote time and effort to developing policy documents that I suspect will prove completely meaningless.
Within general practice market forces are already shaping the future regardless of this Changing Partnerships document. I know many salaried doctors who do not want the uncertainty in income that developments such as the white paper on pharmacy services or unilaterally renegotiated PMS contracts bring. Partners absorb these financial fluctuations while maintaining the income and working conditions of salaried doctors. Maturing practice-based commissioning groups and existing federated organisations such as EDICS already provide ample opportunity for talented GPs to migrate into new roles.
I plead with the BMA and RCGP to scan the horizon and focus on the real challenge - nurturing the delivery of family care in the new world of massive Government debt and reduced public spending.
From Dr Simon Rudland, GP partner, Suffolk