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BMA pledges support for Pulse's campaign aims

By Gareth Iacobucci

The BMA has thrown its weight behind Pulse's One Voice campaign by backing calls for a stronger show of unity in the profession.

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said the association fully supported the call for greater unity in a bid to maintain the strength and independence of general practice.

He said the BMA was ‘striving hard' to support salaried and locum GPs as much as possible, but that it was imperative that GPs ‘stand together'.

‘We support the broad principles behind this campaign, especially the sentiment that the profession's strength and independence lies in its unity,' he said.

‘Understanding the viewpoint of sessional GPs is incredibly important. This is why we meet regularly with the RCGP and speak to the NASGP about a range of issues, including those relating to Pulse's campaign.'

The BMA has backed Pulse's One Voice campaign The BMA has backed Pulse's One Voice campaign Sign the One Voice campaign petition

Pulse is running an email petition to call for all the main political parties to support moves to open up opportunities for partnerships.

The petition, which will also be submitted to all primary care organisations, will be a key element of Pulse's One Voice campaign to help bring the profession together.

It reads: ‘We the undersigned believe the declining opportunity for new GPs to become partners is at the root of the divisions within general practice, and is weakening the ability of GPs to act as strong advocates for patients and maintain continuity of care. We call on politicians to recognise the value of the independent-contractor model for providing innovation and long-term care for patients, and to explore contractual changes or local incentives to make it more financially attractive for practices to take on partners.'

To sign our petition, email your name and practice location to onevoice@pulsetoday.co.uk.

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