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Ballot on industrial action by GPs averted as government accepts BMA’s demands

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4619 (Published 23 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4619
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

The BMA’s GP leaders have said that they will not be balloting members on whether to take industrial action, after NHS England agreed to discuss the union’s plans for tackling the crisis in general practice.

GPs at the BMA’s conference of local medical committees in May voted to ballot members on their willingness to take industrial action should the government reject the BMA’s “urgent prescription for general practice,”1 published in January.2 The document called for a package of support in view of the growing crisis facing GP services.

GPs at …

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