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LMCs accused of failing PMS GPs

A row has broken out between the National Association of Primary Care and Londonwide LMCs over accusations that LMCs across the country are failing PMS practices.

According to a statement on the NAPC's website a number of GPs working in PMS practices are considering resigning from their LMC, accusing them of 'working against their areas of interest'.

Londonwide LMCs has now written to the NAPC asking for assurance that the body is not recommending PMS practices resign from LMCs and to reiterate that they are committed to the concerns of all GPs, not just those in GMS practices.

Dr Stewart Drage, joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, said: 'LMCs are wholeheartedly committed to PMS practices and these comments are not helpful. At this time, when so much is changing in the NHS and there are enormous pressures on PMS practices, we need to stick together.'

Dr James Kingsland, NAPC chair, has since sought to defuse the row by saying the body was advocating better liaison between PMS GPs and LMCs rather than resignation threats.

He said: 'If there is concern from a PMS GP about their LMC then we urge them to talk to them and point out that locally LMCs work for all GPs.

'If that doesn't work then it is up to the GP to decide what to do, but we are in no way encouraging anyone to resign.'

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