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GPs declare rescue package 'inadequate' and vote in favour of industrial action

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I'm with Dr Strangelove on this one. The problem for many of us is that we own our premises and have mortgages to pay and we are simply not going to put in undated resignation letters - the govt know we wouldn't follow it through. However, not co-operating with CQC would be just fine, so long as everyone did it (but again, mortgages to pay). Refusal to do OOH work would bring the citadel crashing down PDQ, and overwhelm A+E departments who are already overwhelmed, but it seems like the govt only take notice of hospitals missing targets because that's what gets the press involved. Revalidation/appraisal refusal would also be just fine but only if everyone did it - and the problem with this and CQC non-co-operation would be that the first few risk losing their livelihoods over it. I do think there is a strong case to be made for not doing OOH work, and it would end up in private companies being asked to step in, who would have to pay a market rate and even then wouldn't be able to fill the shifts. Ultimately though, we can't do anything that would directly harm our patients, and sadly we can't afford to inconvenience them too much, or they will come banging on our doors and make all our staff so miserable they will leave and then the whole lot falls apart.

Posted date

21 May 2016

Posted time

11:08am

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