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Pressure group set to rival BMA

A pressure group set up to represent junior doctors over the MTAS crisis is now trying to tempt GPs into its ranks as it threatens to form a rival union to the BMA.

Remedy UK says it is now soliciting subscriptions to pay for someone to take over the running of the organisation in September this year. And it is warning of 'direct action' by members, including mass lobbying of parliament, taking to the streets with protest marches and taking legal action to challenge any controversial Government decisions that affect general practice.

A spokesperson for Remedy UK said this week that 13,000 people had signed up to Remedy since it was launched in November last year, and that it had collected 500 paying members in its first week alone. The spokesperson said the organisation would tackle key issues such as budget cuts, the European Working Time Directive and other areas where there was 'unhappiness with how the BMA has handled things'.

He added that the fears facing junior doctors affected GPs and consultants too. 'People want a more active and open approach towards tackling these issues and maybe a little bit more of an aggressive approach in terms of direct action such as the march or the political lobby or the judicial review,' he said.

And he refused to rule out the possibility of becoming a rival union, warning: 'We haven't closed ourselves to any avenues that are available.'

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