GPs to be balloted on proposals for night visits

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1087

Leaders of Britain's general practitioners are to seek clarification of the government's latest proposals for restructuring out of hours services and will ballot doctors “as soon as practicable.” The ballot will go to all 32000 principals in general practice. If the profession rejects the proposals the General Medical Services Committee (GMSC) will revive its plans for sanctions.

The new proposals were finalised just hours before the committee met on 20 April, after meetings with the health minister, Mr Gerald Malone, and officials of the Department of Health. The proposals include pounds sterling45m in 1995-6 to develop rota systems and more cooperatives and to help rural and isolated doctors—for example, with costs of locum cover. There will also be a payment of pounds sterling2000 for all principals for out of hours work and a consultation fee of pounds sterling20 for all visits by principals, assistants, associates, and trainees during the hours for which the night visit fee …

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