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GPs berate BMA over its handling of pensions crisis

More than 50 GPs have signed a letter attacking the BMA's response to the pensions cap.

The open letter to Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, accuses the GPC of failing to take a tough enough stance for fear of prejudicing negotiations on other issues.

The letter, penned by Dr Jim Beatson, a GP in Troon, Ayrshire, argues a drawn out court battle would allow the problem to be 'forgotten by the profession and written off by the BMA'.

Dr Beatson wrote: 'We demand your undivided focus on our present catastrophe before you become engrossed in "current and future negotiations".'

Dr Meldrum denied the GPC was 'trying to avoid a collision course' with the Government.

He said: 'It's precisely because we are so angry at the pension cap that we are prepared to fight the decision with every lawful means at our

disposal.'

• Letters, page 31

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