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LMCs to hold emergency debate on Hunt's out-of-hours proposals

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I think we should be quite clear that there is no point in talking about mass resignation as a means on getting the Government back to proper talks. That is effectively a strike carrying with it all the legal and ethical problems around patient care. I think it's worth talking about mass resignation if we as a profession actually debate the possibilities and practicalities of working in a completely new way. We need to be prepared to actually go through with it rather than use it as a threat. Personally, I see resignation and the formation of a completely new way of working as the only way to practice medicine in a whole-person, patient-centered manner. I don't think we should flog ourselves to death ticking boxes for ever diminishing returns and constant abuse. There are practicalities around a new system such as who is deemed ineligible to pay, whether to fund an activity-based service or block contract, how much should be charged, who pays prescription charges etc. These issues could be sorted out with some thought and would probably create a better system than we have now. Perhaps GPs in locum chambers really are the partnerships of the future?

Posted date

24 May 2013

Posted time

5:01pm

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