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Buckman makes video appeal to GPs to fight back

By Ian Quinn

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman today launched a video appeal to GPs, urging them to 'each do their bit' to stand up to the Government over a proposed pay deal which he claims could destroy the future of the profession.

In an emotional appeal, delivered in a podcast on the BMA website, Dr Buckman launches an attack on Government leaders and the Treasury.

He accused them of:

OVERULING NHS Employers negotiators who he claims were poised to agree to a deal with the GPC

RISKING a radical impact on patient care by slashing the money going into the Quality and Outcomes framework

ALIENATING a future generation of GPs

Dr Buckman says: 'The Department of Heath seemed to be ready to accept the deal that was on the table but when they took it upstairs to the Treasury they said we're having none of it and they wanted a different deal.

He said the contract crisis risked having a huge impact of the employment of GPs, adding: 'My fear is that younger doctors will take one look at the way general practice is going and they will want none of it and decide to go and work somewhere else and do some other thing.

'We need more younger doctors and we need doctors as partners not just doctors as employees and my concern is that won't happen.'

In the podcast, Dr Buckman answers questions from GPs including one asking if the GPC was considering industrial action.

He said he believed the move would be 'futile' and was not the way to win round public oppinion.

However, Dr Buckman said the GPC was still probing the legality of Government plans to impose a pay deal on GPs, if they reject the offer on the table forcing them to take on extra working hours.

And he urged GPs to speak out about the impact of the changes to patient groups and the media, adding: 'Every GP has a duty to do their bit.'

Dr Laurence Buckman: every GP must do their bit Dr Laurence Buckman: every GP must do their bit

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