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'Mass resignation is not a threat –it’s an impending reality'

Speaking at the annual LMCs Conference in London today, GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said ‘mass resignation of the GP workforce was not just a threat, but an impending reality’, after new BMA figures reveal the high number of GPs that are set to quit in the next five years

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  • At the age of 48, I never thought I would be considering resignation from the NHS but I have my exit strategy planned in the next year. How does the government propose to continue to provide an NHS service?
    I suspect this is all part of an agenda to privatise the NHS ( just look at the document Jeremy Hunt wrote on privatising the NHS- an excellent summary in the guardian newspaper)

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  • So much debating and talking for years and years at GPC/LMC/BMA conferences. In all that time there has been zero impact on the workload of GP partners thus far, only increasing trajectory. We are too divided in our own experiences and wishes for a better system. Pro and cons, pros and cons, pros and cons debated round and round ad nauseum. As above we have got to realise what we want with our work and future, no-one is going to do this for us. Exit strategy as a partner at the ready for me age 53. I may loose a reasonable income as a result but i will get my life back.

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  • Aged 43 and 2 year exit plan already in motion. The dire state of the NHS' finances have been splashed all over the national news. This is a prelude to us all being asked to do much more for less ( yet again). The good ship NHS is sinking and will take those left down with her.
    Balloting the profession on mass resignation is a start but the BMA/GPC really needs to start working with GPs to develop an alternative model of health care outside the NHS.

    We need to be able to walk away if no improvement in working conditions and pay are forthcoming. Many of us are preparing for the inevitable as we cannot be certain that the BMA will act in the interests of its members.

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  • Aged 45 and 2 year exit from NHS planned.

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  • We need a gradual and escalating response that will not harm patients . First ditch appraisal /revalidation , second don't let CQC through the door and third no OOH work (most patients will follow Hunt's example and go to A+E. If we can demonstrate solidarity through these steps then resignation might be an option. If not then it's over anyway and our goose is cooked.

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  • Not not even a threat. It's mere poetry

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  • Yes, please let all the GP Partners resign

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