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LMCs to tackle BMA leadership over failure to ‘wake up’ to dangers of health bill

LMCs are to heap pressure on senior BMA leaders at their annual conference later this month by debating a motion that ‘reprimands the BMA leadership for taking so long to wake up to the malignant effects' of the Government's health reforms.

BMA leaders will also come under attack on the issue of pensions, with GPs due to propose a motion calling for ‘disengagement in commissioning to be included in industrial action', despite BMA chair Dr Hamish Meldrum recently ruling out such as move as ‘counterproductive' .

The full list of motions, published today, set an angry tone for this year's conference, as LMC leaders prepare to take a firm stand against the Government, the GMC and the BMA itself on a host of emotive issues.

GPs at the conference, which will take place in Liverpool on 22 and 23 May, could turn both barrels on the Government if they back calls for both the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary to resign over their handling of the coalition's controversial health reforms. They will debate a motion which ‘deplores the political arrogance towards the medical profession', and ‘calls for the resignation of the
Prime Minister [and] the Secretary of State for Health.'

Representatives will also debate a motion which describes the Government's changes to the NHS in England as a ‘smokescreen' for privatisation that is ‘designed to make scapegoats of GPs for the
rapidly deteriorating state of the health of the NHS'.

The GMC is also set to come under fire over its plans for revalidation, and its controversial policy of offering private medical insurance to its staff, first revealed by Pulse earlier this year.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson will address and take questions from GPs during an extensive debate on revalidation, in which LMC leaders will demand answers over their grievances around appraisals, remediation, and other fundamental aspects of the process.

Conference will also debate calls for GPs in England to abandon the Government's practice boundaries pilots, and will discuss whether to push for an amendment to the Health Act that would require CCGs to consult with LMCs on ‘any decision that affects the providers of general practice'.

Other topics scheduled for discussion include payment for CQC registration and PMS clawbacks.


Click here to read the ful list of motions.