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We don't need a new union, we need to get involved

Spleen has had a change of heart about setting up a new union separate from the BMA.

Spleen has had a change of heart about setting up a new union separate from the BMA.

I have to confess that I am beginning to change my mind.

Further discussions with colleagues have led me to believe that a new union separate to the BMA will only divide the profession further and allow the government to refuse to negotiate with any of the organizations.

I now feel that a strong lobby is required to steer the BMA in the direction desired by the profession. The BMA may be crap, but it's all we've got.

There is no reason why it shouldn't work for us rather than selling us down the river like it has so far.

There is, however, only one reason for this. It is simply that we have all been too busy doing other things to monitor medical politics while a small number of doctors have got involved and totally misrepresented the profession.

Now is the time to act. Lobby your local LMC, GPC and the BMA nationally. Form a small committee via your local out of hours service and get plotting and planning how you will make your feelings known both locally and nationally.

I can't believe that none of us knows a friendly journalist or even a TV producer.

Hell, we could probably all chip in to a fund and put an advert out in the middle of Coronation Street ! GET GOING and let me know your plans !!

Spleen

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