GP leaders to take 'no confidence' vote in Gordon Brown
By Ian Quinn
GP leaders have won calls for a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Gordon Brown and health secretary Ben Bradshaw, accusing the Government of 'taking revenge' on GPs for having successfully delivered the new contract.
The vote will be put to the LMCs' Conference in London next month, along with a raft of other motions attacking the Government's spin campaign against GPs, moves to bring in private providers and issues on GP pay.
Last year GP leaders passed a unanimous vote of no confidence over the ‘UK Government's stewardship of the NHS' and defied advice from GPC leaders in demanding the heads of health secretary Alan Johnson and Lord Darzi, despite calls from GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman to avoid personal calls for resignation.
After the forthcoming motion was revealed, at a meeting of the GPC this week, Dr Buckamn said: ‘It's unprecedented. We've never seen [a vote for] no confidence in a Prime Minister. It will be an ‘interesting' debate.'Unprecedented: GP leaders will call for Brown to go Unprecedented: GP leaders will call for Brown to go