Fight over extended opening
Practice opening hours should not be compulsorily extended because the move would conflict with the spirit of the new contract and its family-friendly nature, the conference resolved.
Any moves to extend opening hours should be backed by resources in order that a full range of services can continue to be provided.
Proposing the motion, Dr Alan Middleton of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LMC said the GMS contract was renegotiated to limit the working week to 51.5 hours because GPs were 'on their knees' with workload.
'The Health Secretary wants evening and Saturday morning surgeries,' he said. 'The answer to Government when they want to extend our hours should be No, No, No.
'What message are we giving if we say give us the money and we'll do it?'