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Unite exploring legal options for industrial action ‘in time for LMC Conference’

GPs in the union UNITE are looking to put forward motions on legal industrial action to the LMC Conference in May, Pulse has learned.

It comes after GPC officials squashed certain proposals – such as strikes and withdrawing from CQC inspections – at the recent Special LMC Conference, on the basis they would not be lawful.

Dr Ron Singer, a retired GP from Tower Hamlets and UNITE’s representative on GPC, told Pulse that UNITE was looking at ways GPs might be able to take action lawfully, ‘in time for motions to LMC’.

Dr Singer said: ‘We are pursuing this in time for motions to LMC conference. It is complex with GMS, PMS and GPs salaried to other GPs. All I can say at this time is that it is in progress.’

In the absence of striking or other options, the Special LMC Conference - called at the request of beleaguered grassroots GPs - instead approved the ‘nuclear deterrent’ of threatening mass resignations unless a satisfactory ’rescue package’ for general practice cannot be agreed.

However, the threat was watered down from the original plan to request GPs submit undated resignation letters straight away, to ’canvassing GPs on their willingness’ to take the action.

This year’s annual LMC Conference will be held in London on 19 and 20 May.

Readers' comments (14)

  • It's gone beyond doing what's lawful. Just have the balls and do what's right!

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  • Anonymous | Medical student01 Mar 2016 2:22pm You are correct and do you want to buy my house because I'll need the money to move, pay for redundancies and loans incurred propping up the NHS.

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  • Anonymous | Medical student01 Mar 2016 2:22pm
    Spot on.

    The other side pass laws to make what's immoral lawful. We must simply do what is right, and call our patients to back us.

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  • To GP partner at 2.40 am. Your explanation is precisely the reason GP are not willing for resignation, but how long will you keep on carrying on in this fear? DO you think this will ever change? Most of us are hoping that one day we will pass on the burden to someone else by taking new partner. But we will not get new GP partner. Younger generation is smarter. We must accept our losses for short term for long term gain. Also all partner GP must accept that because we run business we also take risks of losses and we did get paid more for risk taking in last 10 years comapred to our salaried colleagues.( I am single handed GP partner for last 2 years so haven't seen golden days of GP partnership).
    Its time to move on and give our contract to NHS and let them pay us fairly for all the work we do. People will need GP so we will need our staff/buildings ,so redundancy payment/fear of loss of house is mostly unfounded. Yes there will be uncertainty for 1-2 years like it happens in any new business but we will be more happy and get paid what is our real worth.

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  • really sad situation and reading Anonymous | GP Partner01 Mar 2016 2:40pm makes me so happy for turning down partnerships.

    why should any young GP take on a partnership now? there is nothing to offer young GPs at all or prospective medics is there ?

    i suppose there has never been a better time to be a GP for

    1) massively increased costs and expenses
    2) massive risk resulting in loss of career and imprisonment for minor issues
    3) massively falling pay/income with further falls on horizon, falling pension
    4) increased hours
    5) increased stress, burn out
    6) zero respect from leaders or public

    seriously can anyone anywhere think of a good reason to be a GP (less the old gem 'to serve') ?

    we might as well face it but General Practice is over.

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  • the only lawful action that is likely to take place is delegates stirring their tea to the left (in support of corbyn) in an anti-clockwise motion but even then that might be too controversial and likely to be 'watered' down.

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  • To the anonymous salaried GP @ 6.29

    You have outlined some interesting reasons to be afraid to enter a longer term commitment. Maybe with the attitude you show there is no wander that you don't have any public respect (point 6 on your list). But it's certainly not my experience.
    I suppose, we all get what we are good for.

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner01 Mar 2016 7:40pm

    the fact that you attack the post rather than outlining positive reasons to be a partner says it all. so now is your chance - give a list of reasons for a young GP to enter a partnership as i am sure many young GPs will be interested to know the current and future benefits of being a partner?

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  • To young GPs,there is no reason to become a partner,control your own destiny.If I had just finished my VTS training in this sh**storm I would be hightailing it out of the UK asap,before I did I would locum. Best wishes everyone.

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  • There is not a single good reason to become a GP partner in this country unless you are stepping in to your parents GP surgery and relieving them of their misery. Current GP partnership model is dead and no smart young GP will buy in to it unless there is new contract which pays per activity and not free for all buffet.

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