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No trust in 'closed shop' BMA decisions

I'm not a BMA member, and am upset the Government operates a closed shop where only BMA representatives are allowed to represent doctors on employment matters. I'm very displeased with the way the GMS contract and out-of-hours opt-out was handled.

Having lost trust with the organisation, I think there is only one member of the GPC I have any trust in, and that is Andrew Dearden. He seems to know what he is talking about and stands up for us, whereas there are others who have made obvious basic errors and shown a lack of understanding of real GP issues and basics.

Yes, the BMA has probably paid some people far too much, and made unsound investment decisions ('BMA loses millions in stockmarket crash' www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news).

But it sounds like they have masses of money, so I'll not be feeling sorry for them. I am too busy trying to rebuild our own practice income which is being hammered by losses the BMA keeps negotiating despite a promise of 'no new work without new money'.

From Dr David Church, Machynlleth, Powys

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