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‘Mass resignation will only cause harm to general practice’

Dr Uzma Ahmad and Dr Chandra Kanneganti debate whether the LMC Conference’s vote in favour of mass resignation is the right way forward for the profession

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  • Im guessing maintaining the status quo is the better option then??

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  • Mass resignation will not happen, and the ballot for it will expose in hard numbers just how weak a position GPs are in.

    Partners, with their personal liability, will be to anxious to take such a leap into the unknown, and it would only work if an overwhelming majority of practices in a town were to resign and go private. If a large number do not then the patients from the few that do will all leave and go to the ones remaining in the NHS. Sadly we know from past experience that there are always plenty of GPs who will not stand firm with the profession and will cave in or follow their party political bias etc. You will never get anything near enough unity amongst GPs for this to happen.

    If all or almost all GPs would resign the NHS and go private then the plan would work, but they won't do so in anything like the numbers needed, and the ballot will just expose how eak the profession's position is.

    The same is true for boycotting CQC etc, so many GPs are weak or motivated by politics or other factors that they undermine the profession.

    Your only hope is to use legal wrecking tactics that do not breach your contract such as no GPs do out of hours, all GPS on CCGs resign, refer everything and so on. But sadly even that won't happen as the profession is riddled with people who are motivated more by their politics, vanity, money, fear etc than by the overall good of the profession.

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  • So then the only option would be to actually resign your contract? Sooner or later, if enough do resign, the rest of the domninos will fall.

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  • Unfortunately I agree with the above manager. I have a 20 year lease round my neck and what would happen to that. The BMA needs to make these issues clear and alternative models.

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  • As more people retire emigrate resign
    It will only get harder and harder for those who remain
    Good luck to them... Until CQC finds out how they are not coping

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  • 30% of the workforce will be gone in the next five years anyway . So why bother? If we resign it just lets those Hunts in government off the hook.

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  • I am sad that after many years of medicine I feel unable to continue much longer. The administrative nonsensical workload is just increasing daily.
    I feel sad for patients who do not realise what a state the service is falling into
    The writing is on the wall
    The government are 'making GPs do penance for the 2004 contract
    More money, fairer funding and support for struggling practices is essential
    You can not resuscitate once rigorous mottis has set in !! maybe Jeremy can ??.

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