Exclusive The BMA has launched a survey into general practice’s response to the current abuse and workload crises, asking whether GPs would consider leaving the NHS or handing in undated resignations among other actions.
The survey asks what GPs are ‘prepared to do’ if there is no ‘satisfactory response’ from the Government in the next three weeks.
Respondents are asked whether they would be prepared to ‘refuse to take part’ in their next appraisal, noting that this would be a ‘contractual breach as well as not complying with other regulations’, as well as withdrawing from remote consultations and the PCN enhanced service, as well as cutting out-of-hours work.
It comes as the doctors’ representative body called on the Government for ‘clear public backing for GPs’ acknowledging ‘the huge pressure they are under’ after an emergency meeting with the health secretary last week.
In the meeting, the BMA also demanded urgent investment in primary care to ‘remove unnecessary bureaucracy’ and a Government commitment to work with the BMA on ‘a national campaign to stop the abuse of NHS staff’.
Respondents were asked:
- whether they would be prepared to stop providing remote consultations such as telephone or video, and only do face to face consultations;
- if they would withdraw from the PCN direct enhanced services, and other enhanced services;
- about out of hours work, extended access, and 111 and urgent treatment centre sessions;
- whether they would decrease their number of sessions;
- whether they would be prepared to leave the NHS;
- if GP partners would be prepared to submit an undated resignation as part of the practice handing back its core contract;
- if PCN clinical directors would be willing to withdraw from PCN meetings.
It follows new NHS Digital data showing that GP practices in England saw five million more patients in August this year compared to the same month last year.