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'I don't know if general practice will exist in the next five years'

BMA deputy chair Dr Kailash Chand speaks at Pulse Live about the forthcoming election and what it means for GPs

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  • Rather than just watching and stating the obvious 'there is no more government money', Dr Chand, why don't you and the BMA do something about it?

    The BMA should be consulting with its members about proposing an alternative model (eg co-payments and insurance like everywhere else in the world) and balloting for strike action. Failure to do this makes both you and the BMA part of the problem.

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  • The BMA and RCGP have done more than any other body to improve relationship with FMEs, tackle recruitment and retention. The GPC has done a remarkable job in negotiating an insteresting GP contract. Alternative models have been suggested by our ex-RCGP chair and our current lead is also looking at ways in which GPs can be supported. All these institutions are truly democratic with the support of the wider GP community. It is such a shame that despite these heroic efforts General Practice will be over in 5 years time. I do hope their is a role for the RCGP - perhaps in becoming the Royal College of Generalists in Primary Care perhaps? Suggesting models such as the dentists, Ireland, Australia, USA, Europe(french, spanish, nordic etc), New Zealand, Middle East and more etc is pure fantasy because our leaders have said so. We know there is nothing else that can be done. General Practice RIP.

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  • there wont be a general practice if the BMA continues at its present shoddy rate

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