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Partners' exploitation of salaried GPs 'puts profession at risk'

By Nigel Praities

Partners are exploiting salaried GPs and putting the independence of the whole profession at risk, say LMC leaders in Wales.

Two controversial motions passed at the Welsh LMC conference in Swansea at the weekend called for more partnership opportunities and recognised the rise in the numbers of salaried GPs as a substantial threat to the independent contractor status of GPs.

The motions come at a sensitive time, with the RCGP and GPC looking at solutions to heal the partner-salaried divide.

Dr Sarah Morgan, a GP in Cardiff and Cardiff lead at Bro Taf LMC, said the profession was failing to provide opportunities to salaried GPs and she urged the GPC to find ways to incentivise practices to take on new partners.

‘We need to send a message to our colleagues that we need to treat our fellow professionals the way that we were treated ourselves and offer them equity partnerships,' she said.

Her comments gained wide support at the conference, with Welsh GPC chair Dr David Bailey saying the motions were likely to also be adopted for the national LMC conference later this year.

‘It is very important to be seen to support our younger colleagues. They cannot become cannon fodder for those who want to see greater private provision in primary care,' he said.

Dr Om Aggarwal, a GP in Cardiff and a member of Bro Taf LMC, said salaried GPs were often just used for cheap labour.

‘Partners need to put short-term gains aside and look at the future of general practice,' he said.

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