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LMCs' crisis summit scheduled for 30 January

Exclusive The special LMC conference called by the GPC has been scheduled to take place on Saturday 30 January in London, and is set to discuss the future of the GP contract.

The conference will be chaired by Cambridgeshire LMC chief executive Dr Guy Watkins and focus around the strap line ’what actions are needed to ensure GPs can deliver a safe and sustainable service?’

Writing to local members, Dr Watkins’ LMC warned that ’there will be some difficult debates, and some disagreements’, including on whether to support the ’new models of care’ promoted by NHS England, or to continue with funding linked to a secure patient list. 

It also said issues included the NHS ‘giving up’ on supporting GPs amid rising costs.

The LMC said: ’The conference is being called now because of a belief by LMCs and the GPC that current Government and NHS England policy and negotiations over contract changes for 2016 fail to address these issues and the risk to a safe and sustainable service for our patients is intolerable.’

The BMA held a similar LMCs summit in 2003, which helped pave the way to the new contract agreed in 2004.

The GPC voted to schedule an ‘unprecedented’ crisis meeting at its last monthly meeting and Pulse revealed that there were calls from within the GPC to exit ongoing 2015/16 GP contract negotiations until after the meeting when there was more clarity around the direction of travel.

However, despite these concerns, GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: ’Negotiations are ongoing and will conclude if we can reach an acceptable agreement.’

GP contract negotiations are still at an early stage due to the Government only completing a comprehensive spending review last week, but Pulse has learned Government proposals include a DES to form practice networks and deliver seven-day access as well as the possiblity of QOF being scrapped entirely.

Pulse has also revealed that the GPC is pushing for a longer-term deal and an end to ‘annual tinkering’ with the contract.

Please note: This article was corrected at 13:45 to reflect that Dr Guy Watkins is chairing the conference and not Dr Simon Poole.

Readers' comments (35)

  • Go on GPC and ballot GPs for industrial action learning from our Juniors. It's high time we began speaking the same language and contradicting government rhetoric about how rosy the lawns are.

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  • A ballot for industrial action is very needed we are on our knees here please.

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  • Bob Hodges

    Rosy lawns are a mixed-metaphor too far in my opinion.

    We MUST strike back.

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  • General Practice is in crisis
    Not waving but drowning

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  • The problem is that demand is unmatched with human and financial resources. This problem will not be solved by federating or fancy new contracts which will be far too little, too late. General Practice needs substantial funding to attract substantial numbers of GPs and other clinicians and it needs it now. Do not let this conference get distracted by anything else.

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  • If you want the threat of strike action to be effective in getting a better deal - then you had better ensure all rank and file GPs are with you - as this has never been accomplished in latter years

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  • strike

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  • And what is this LMC crisis meeting going to achieve? F**k all IMHO. The only way we can get our message across to voters and politicians is by industrial action. STRIKE OR DIE.

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  • Rosy lawns are like the promise of pears form willow trees

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  • Its a mighty shame it wasn't scheduled for before the 25TH DECEMBER so this lot could perform a rendition of a muppets christmas carol

    The profession is DYING under your stewardship..... can you imagine what the world would be like for the next generation if we left them a planet in similar condition to the profession you have left us younger folk behind??????????? Its your duty to leave behind a profession as secure and promising for us as the one you have all enjoyed......... if not you will see the wholesale disintegration of the health service and thousands more scorning partnerships to work as locums or even worse emigrating abroad........

    And dont think for one moment if youre in your late 50s and 60s that this wont affect you??? the serfs at the bottom are required so that you may enjoy your generous pensions and retirements.....

    Come on GPC prove to to others that its not just an annual jolly and back to business as usual......show some teeth and save the profession.......!

    We have be

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