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GPs call for ballot to consider industrial action

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2900 (Published 20 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2900
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

GPs have called on the BMA to ballot the profession on their willingness to take industrial action and to sign undated resignation letters.

GPs at the BMA’s conference of local medical committees (LMCs), the bodies that represent GPs at a local level, in London on Friday 20 May said that the government’s General Practice Forward View, published last month,1 was not an adequate response to the BMA’s “urgent prescription for general practice.”2 A motion said that GPs considered this to be “sufficient grounds” for a trade dispute and that unless the government accepted the urgent prescription within three months the BMA should ballot GPs on their willingness to take industrial action.

They also voted for the BMA to ballot the profession on their willingness to sign undated resignation letters. …

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