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#GPnews: LMCs representatives prepare for historic conference

16:10 Lots of GPs are getting ready for tomorrow’s Special LMCs Conference. Early indications are that the keynote speech by GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul will be a memorable one!

15:00 The wonderfully named’Banbury Cake’ carries a story that the NHS is set to fund hand transplants. Four people are set to receive the transplants from a specialist team in Leeds.

13:20 Also in the Guardian, news that the Government has backed a controversial bill to widen access to ’experimental’ drugs.

Apparently Life Sciences minister George Freeman has given his support for the private member’s bill, which was being debated this morning in the Commons and is aimed at ‘encouraging GPs and hospital doctors to try experimental medicines’.

Not themselves, of course, but to give to their patients – apparently it could mean browsing a database to find ‘not only standard treatments’ but also what drug trials are taking place for patients to potentially participate in, as well as ‘details of the off-label use of drugs – where a medicine has been prescribed by doctors for something for which it is not licensed’.

However, apparently opponents of the bill are alarmed that it would water down safeguards, and it could face strong opposition in the Lords.

12:00 It feels a little like the calm before tomorrow’s storm. But interest in the Special LMCs Conference is rising. The Guardian is carrying a preview piece from Dr Kaliash Chand, deputy chair of BMA Council and a retired GP.

10:45 An interesting development from NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, which has launched the first guidance for GPs for supporting trans patients. They say there are at least 2,760 trans people who live in the city. You can read the guidance here.

10:15 A radical idea for Public Health England to consider. The chief economist at the King’s Fund has posted a pic of a restaurant run by the Thailand public health department. We hear the chicken is quite rubbery though.

9:20 The Unite union is attempting to organise a rally at the Special LMCs Conference tomorrow. Don’t worry though - it is in support of delegates and GPs in general. They detail the rally in a tweet:

9:15 Welcome to today’s live blog. Our top story today is the GPC’s survey showing the effect of CQC inspections, ahead of the Special LMCs Conference tomorrow - which will no doubt feature heavily today…

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Readers' comments (6)

  • RCGP, GPC, BMA - any thought of supporting GPs???

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  • Meteorologists are predicting record temperatures all over the country this weekend as hot air sweeps out of Central London. Government officials are advising the public to keep windows closed and their fingers in their ears to protect themselves but say that the effects are unlikely to cause any major inconvenience. It is expected that conditions should return to normal by Monday morning. Anybody suffering from any symptoms of any kind, (itchy ears,leaking gutters, general disgruntlement - that sort of thing)should contact their GP who will be ready and waiting to serve their entitled and demanding patients, just like they always are.

    Ditch the contract comrades!

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  • Let's have an exit strategy.

    GPC to develop a private health insurance package.

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  • This weekend your doctor may be just one of many attempting to break a World record!
    LMC officials have organised a unique attempt to fit more cardigans into one Mermaid Centre than ever before. As excitement mounts, up and down the country, GPs are shining their cardy buttons and straightening their beards before they embark on their journey to Central London. Sandals may not be the warmest of footwear at this time of year but protected by their jolly thick hiking socks and in the knowledge that they have their entire peer group behind them, these stalwarts will shuffle upon the London home of GP Update courses in Blackfriars with earnest and self-assured determination.
    ”That GP Update lot has nothing on us!” said one spokesperson. “We aren’t going to waste our time updating our knowledge. Why bother? We are retiring in a few years. We have achieved so much in our time and this cardigan wearing record will be the icing on the cake! With this record breaking meeting we will ensure that the status quo continues and gently segue into our privileged retirements, right under the nose of the younger generation about whom we really couldn’t give a Murray Mint”
    “Progress” will be reported live over the weekend and anyone who criticises will be severely moderated.
    Good luck fella’s the whole profession is right behind you!

    (Nothing libelous in that one I don’t think!) Ditch the contract comrades!

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  • It will be all talk no action. Who are they kidding with 'Undated' resignations. Is there any wonder why JH is walking all over GP's? Have some balls and give resignations for specified date and stick to it!

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  • Shouldn't the headline read
    "LMCs representatives prepare for pre-historic conference?"

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