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GPs to discuss possible industrial action in crisis summit

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i14 (Published 04 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i14
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee has warned the government that the future sustainability of UK general practice is “in serious question,” ahead of a crisis summit later this month.

Chaand Nagpaul said that the first special meeting in 13 years of local medical committees (the statutory bodies that represent GPs locally)—due to take place on 30 January—highlighted the severity of the current crisis in general practice and would bring to the fore “an issue that can no longer be ignored by politicians.”

The meeting has been organised by the BMA in response to growing concern among members of local medical committees that rising demand from patients, stretched resources, and over-regulation were harming the care of patients and causing widespread burnout in the profession, leading to ongoing problems with recruitment and retention. …

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