Confidence in negotiators
At least 20 LMCs may have supported the call for a special LMC conference, but it is clear there is no single view as to the best way forward and not all LMCs were asked whether or not a special conference would be helpful.
As an LMC chair who will have to decide what position to take at the conference I have grave concerns that the ambitions of a few will dominate the moderation that one would expect to find in the majority. Yes, GPs are thoroughly fed up with their current position and yes, the negotiators got it very wrong at the last moment. But is this a reason to plunge the whole process into further chaos?
I personally have total confidence in the integrity of our negotiators and no reason to think any other team would do any better.
This has been a bruising process for all GPs, but a solution must be found that will be acceptable both to Government and the profession. I see no signs of the unity and determination we would clearly need if we were to abandon negotiation and pursue any other course.
Dr James Heathcote