Call for hundreds of GPs to march on Number 10
By Steve Nowottny
GPs are being urged to stage a march on Downing Street immediately after the LMCs conference in June, to protest against the Government's plan for general practice.
An LMC motion, drawn up by a senior BMA and GPC council member and gaining support among LMCs, calls for hundreds of GPs to take to the streets of London to protest against proposals for polyclinics and other changes to general practice.
The march would be in addition to a proposed national PR drive being planned by the BMA to fight back against Government spin, as revealed by Pulse last week.
Dr Kailash Chand, a GP in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, who came up with the idea, said: ‘When we talk about PR, we're looking at a way to bring to the notice of every Joe Bloggs what's going on.
‘Logistically, you can't often gather so many people, particularly politically aware people, together on one afternoon. I think that would be a big coup.'
The LMC motion reads: ‘That conference believes the present political threats posed to general practice are unprecedented. This LMC believes the time has come to respond with equally unprecedented action which will demonstrate publicly the profession's united concern.
‘This LMC proposes all delegates unite in a march to Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster at the close of this conference.'
GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that the idea had ‘merit'.Dr Kailash Chand Dr Kailash Chand