Damage is done to reputation of GP leadership
The damage has been done to the BMA and the GPC, whatever the ultimate fate of the contract. The reputation of both has been heavily compromised. The BMA hardly performed with distinction when it came to last year's rejected consultants' contract. Now the GMS contract has been so confused and badly presented, and has alienated GPs to such an extent, one wonders whether the BMA any longer has any sort of right to negotiate on behalf of the profession.
By the end of this year, it is expected that a good 50 per cent of all practices will be in PMS, and this figure is likely to increase. Top-earning GPs these days are most likely to be in a PMS practice.
In fact, one of the biggest decisions now facing GMS GPs is whether to opt for PMS. Be sure that loyalty to the BMA is not something that will greatly influence this decision.