New GP union set to demand separate talks on contract
The leaders of a planned new trade union to represent GPs have argued for the right to negotiate a separate new GP contract for its members.
The General Practitioners Union is being set up by former members of the pro-private practice Independent General Practitioners Association.
Founder Dr Ahmad Risk, a private GP from Brighton, Sussex, who wishes to return to the NHS, said the union was for GPs who voted No or abstained in the contract framework ballot.
'I don't believe the BMA is really fighting for the interests of doctors,' he said.
'We are not saying GPs should resign from the NHS but we want better conditions for doctors working in it that restore the pride and honour of being a GP.'
IGPA member Dr Prit Buttar said he hoped the union would be able to negotiate a slackening of rules to allow GPs to treat patients privately.
'At the very least if the GPU can show it represents a sizeable proportion of doctors it is incumbent on the Government to negotiate with the GPU as well as the BMA,' he said.
GPC Wales chair Dr Andrew Dearden questioned whether the union would get off the ground if the contract was accepted.