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Breakaway leader: 'Salaried GPs phone me up in tears'

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chief executive of the National Association of Sessional GPs, explains why he believes salaried GPs would be better off splitting from the BMA and joining the Medical Practitioners' Union.

The British Medical Association are the only trade union in the democratic world able to represent employers and employees. It's absurd. An employers trade union cannot represent employees.

I'm not doing this for the politics, just the humanity. Salaried GPs phone me up in tears because they are in dispute with partners. One thing that really riles me and makes me lose sleep is the inequality.

This could be the beginning of a happy relationship with the Medical Practitioners' Union. Their door is open and they are talkative and helpful and totally opposite to the BMA.

This could be seen by the Government as a split in general practice. That would damage the BMA and I know that. But the BMA are the only people who can do anything about that – no-one else can.

The Department of Health would see this as a split and that would play into their hands. I know it undermines the way the DH interacts with the BMA but the BMA have only themselves to blame.

I know the BMA have bent over backwards to help salaried doctors with the contract - but it's time for them to let go.

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