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BMA launches GP survey to build 'much needed renaissance' in 2015

The GPC is launching a major survey of general practice to understand GPs are working and what needs to change, and to inform BMA and political policy in the 2015 general election year.

The Future of General Practice 2015 survey will also collect information on the suitability of GP premises, uptake of federated working models and asks GPs’ views on the future of NHS contracts.

One question asks: ‘If the QOF was to be reduced or removed, how should the released funding be allocated?’ after NHS England pledged new powers for CCGs to opt out of the national scheme in favour of local quality initiatives.

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said that the ‘pivotal’ survey comes at a crucial time and will help general practice move from ‘crisis’ to ‘renaissance’.

Dr Nagpaul said: ‘[The survey] will help us send a clear message to politicians and policy makers in this election year, and will be a crucial opportunity for politicians to finally provide the backing that GP services need to be sustainable.’

He added: ‘It is vital at the start of 2015 that GPs take the time needed to fill in the survey. This is every GP’s chance to influence how the BMA’s GP committee takes forward its approach during this crucial year and help us to move from a crisis facing general practice to a much needed renaissance.’

Last year, RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker urged medical students to consider a future in general practice because government pledges to boost funding and tackle workforce mean ‘the future is bright’ for the profession.


Readers' comments (11)

  • The BMA know how serious the situation is. They bullied out of the organisation the person who suggested balloting for strike action amongst members, Una Coales. The organisation is a self-serving complete disgrace.

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  • Anyone - GP, member of the public, doctors overseas, even Jeremy Hunt - can complete this survey. ITs freely linked on the BMA website, and makes no security checks to ensure just GPs are completing. hence its a waste of time. Also, no question to ask "rate on a scale of 1-10 how willing you are for a strike, anything less than a 10 makes you a wet blanket".

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  • This must be at least the tenth survey I have been asked to complete by thBMA in my 30 GP years and I can confidently say hand on heart that having completed them not one has made a differrence at all.Needless to say this one will remain uncompleted!

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  • I have just completed the survey and it is not too mad.
    Give it a try, it might just lead to someone listening.

    The only complaint is that there is no room for your Su,gets ions.

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  • The BMA is not fit for the purpose of representing GPs.
    We need a dedicated GP union that actually acts as a union body.

    When GPs are (literally) dying on the job the BMA sends out another survey... seriously??

    It is a useless organisation that will not see another penny of my very hard-earned wages.

    A disillusioned partner (2 years)

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  • Another useless, feckless, farce of an organisation living off the backs of doctors. The BNA are the problem not the solution.

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  • I largely have contempt for the BMA and haven't been a member for around 10 years now as I felt they offered nothing for me. But I am happy to do a survey which I agree is "not too mad" if it gives them some ammunition to possibly take to someone with power to consider the problems. There is at least a glimmer still of idealist left in me. It really does need a very high response rate though so we should encourage peers to complete it

    On a sad note I have already broken my new years resolution of not reading pulse online as it angers/depresses me all the time.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Cretins. (I don't mean the posters above either.)

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  • Honestly believe the medical profession would be better off without the BMA and the MDOs. At least doctors could plan their own legal cover and be more realistic about setting up their own Union or forming a strong branch of an existing one. At the moment we all pay large amounts of money to what can only be desribed as parasitic institutions that are the 'Emporor's New Cloathes.'

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  • BMA through their Employment division should have helped GPs under Employment Law and Health &safety regulations against a PCT that had introduced an IT system thet collapsed thrice in a consultation ;put fake records like a murderer for a patient who had never murderd,cancers in a patient who did not have cancers and vice versaIt also put a n unprecedented default on prescription increasing tremendouly the amount of medicines automatically prescribed.The collapsing It system left little time to check the scripts.Instead BMA left their member high and dry for wolves to eat.After Alan Wishart left Employment Division BMA ,in protest to the reorgisation conducted,as union for doctors has died.Therby they abetted the persecution of Medical profession and its current state

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