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GP pressure group launched with 2,500 members

A campaign group of 2,500 GPs has been set up to lobby the Government for ‘sustainable workload, fairer funding, and the promotion of general practice’.

GPSurvival started as a social media group exchanging its views but has grown dramatically in size and now has an interim committee finalising the group’s constitution, ahead of elections for committee members next year.

The organisation, which is likely to be launched formally this week or next, was set up by Powys-based GP Dr Alan Woodall, who had previously set up Resilient GP.

It argues that general practice is being put at risk through ‘under-investment, ill-conceived policy and over-regulation’.

GPSurvival’s media lead Dr Zoe Norris, a GP from Humberside, said: ‘This group aims to support and represent grassroots GPs working in NHS primary care. Born out of frustration at the failure of the current bodies that purport to represent GPs, we now have over 2,500 members, the numbers growing daily.

‘We will consistently promote general practice and challenge both media and politicians when they deride GPs, whilst supporting members working on the frontline. The five main areas we are campaigning for are sustainable workload, fairer funding, promotion of appropriate usage of general practice, promotion of general practice, and supporting a skilled GP workforce.”

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Readers' comments (39)

  • Thanks Christian. We stand at 2900 members as of this morning, and will be sending out our press release and first campaign issues within the next few days.

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  • Hats off. Well done.

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  • Vinci Ho

    History rewrites itself all the time.
    In an extraordinary time, you need an extraordinary reponse and ,debatable , revolution.
    My only comment is: always remember your roots and why you are where you are, do not fall into the trap of becoming an establishment as you grow in size.
    Best wishes

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  • Vinci Ho

    It was the best of times , it was the worst of times.......

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  • Well done. It's a shame the likes of the RCGP & BMA are so utterly useless.

    The GMC doesn't have basic standards regarding safe work loads and the profession isn't regulated by a fit and proper fully independent judicial process.

    Proposing an alternative model based on the likes of Australia, where we are haemorrhaging doctors to, would also be helpful. If someone were able to take these issues on I think the BMA would face a landslide of membership resignations and general practice could thrive.

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  • Vinci, thanks for your comments. You will be interested to know that our consitution will require any member of the committee to forego taking any national position in any other medico-political body (eg BMA, RCGP), government (NHS England, CQC) or any award/gone or honararirum. while in office and for 3 years after, unless authorised by the membership first. We are the first medical organisation to require this of its 'leaders' to prevent anyone using this position to furtther their own careers medicopolitically or otherwise. We are grassroots GPs, working for grassroots GPs. Our roots remain firmly planted in the ground we come from.

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  • @ 3.05

    Awesome! What a contrast!!!

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  • Ok Vincent, steady on. We have been derided for so long for just accepting our ever burgeoning lot when it comes to workload (an inverse relationship can be applied to funding and a fairer proportion of the NHS budget).
    CGP will remember it's roots. We live in very different times now, social media had very much helped to galvanise us, people can contribute remotely, we do t have to meet on smoke filled rooms to plot and scheme. It's an open door in every sense of the word.
    The fact we are now finally standing on our own feet and are helping each other through really difficult times with tips on resilience and general day to day running of our practices. Resilient GP has acted as a forum for reassurance and education, of shared best practice and potentially the start of such a strong group of intellectual resilience that our futures through this group could well be much brighter.
    Here's to the survival of the CGP and to the survival of our profession!

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  • Fantastic! Look forward to the launch of this organisation and to joining it.

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