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Talks are under way for salaried GPs to join rival union to BMA

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2417 (Published 30 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2417
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The BMA is surveying the concerns of its salaried GP members as negotiations are under way to see whether a rival union, the Medical Practitioners’ Union, could represent their views in pay negotiations.

    Richard Fieldhouse, a GP and chief executive of the National Association of Sessional GPs, believes that the BMA’s ability to represent salaried GPs is compromised because it represents GPs who own practices as well as the salaried GPs they employ.

    “I don’t think the BMA has kept up with the times,” he said, referring to the fact that there are now many more GPs who are women, who work part time, and who are employed on a sessional or salaried basis. He said he had received three or four calls in the past year from salaried GPs who were in dispute with their …

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