GPSI pressure 'denigrating'
Concern is mounting among GPs that pressure to take up a special interest is undermining the core profession.
Wiltshire LMC will argue at this year's annual LMC conference that 'an ever-increasing expansion of GPSIs removes GPs from practice and denigrates the specialism of general practice'.
Dr Peter Swinyard, vice-chair of Wiltshire LMC, said there was a general feeling among GPs that PCTs are viewing practices without GPSIs as 'second rate', putting pressure on GPs to take up a specialisation.
'We should be proud of our profession, instead of saying we should all have a specialisation in something. We are not
interested in running a specialisation which would be in
detriment to our patients, but there is a feeling that PCTs
are viewing this as a sign we are not as good as we could be,' he said.