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BMA does not want to lead departure from NHS

I wish to correct your reporting of a slide-show presentation prepared by the GPC to assist speakers with forthcoming LMC meetings, which will discuss the Government's plans to extend surgery hours (‘BMA raises threat of private general practice', pulsetoday.co.uk/ news).

The BMA is not encouraging or even asking GPs to leave the NHS. It is fighting to preserve our health service.

Our fight with the Government is not just about resisting its attempts to impose changes to our contract.

We have great fears about the Government's intent to divert funding away from GPs to private firms, whose growing presence in primary care threatens to destroy the traditional model of UK general practice that is so highly valued and trusted.

As a responsible trade union it is only right that we look at all the options, and when faced with an imposition by the Government, this includes informing GPs of the consequences of leaving the NHS.

This is only mentioned on the final three slides of a 28-page presentation – this hardly counts as substantial coverage and as such I feel GPs and patients have been misled.

Dr Laurence Buckman chair, BMA GPs committee

Editor's note

Pulse stands by the story. The document discusses quitting the NHS in four of the final five slides, the bulk of the content devoted to how GPs could respond to an imposed deal. We invite readers to make up their own minds by viewing the full BMA document at pulsetoday.co.uk/downloads

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