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It is time for the BMA to ballot GPs on mass resignation


I think colleagues need to ask themselves two questions; The first is - Do they think primary care is viable? If they answer yes the second question is - How far are they willing to go to keep the NHS contract? will they sacrifice the profession, their T&Cs, their health, their family, and work for free to keep that contract? Realistically the answer to the first question is No - primary care is no longer financially viable. Even if there was the will to increase funding as the RCGP is suggesting it will only be a short term prop at best. If one accepts that the current model is not viable then there is a moral imperative to look into other options as Dr Coales is suggesting. Colleagues who fall back on 'we must think of the patients', 'its not fair on the poor', 'we are a rich nation' are all correct. Nobody wants to lose the NHS founding principles but what do you do when you accept that the current model will fail? - you have to face up to looking at the alternatives regardless of what the media or the public thinks. We need that honest debate on the future of primary care that Dr Una Coales has been brave enough to put forward whether you agree with her or not.

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09 May 2014

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