Medicopolitical Digest

Decision on out of hours package endorsedGPs will plan the contract for the futureHealth secretary spells out future for family doctorsRegistrars may withdraw from summative assessmentsCorrection

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1170
  1. Linda Beecham

    Decision on out of hours package endorsed

    One month after the General Medical Services Committee took its unanimous decision to accept the government's revised proposals on out of hours without balloting the profession (30 September, pp 827-8) the committee has resolved overwhelmingly to stand by its decision. The meeting failed tosupport a request from the chairman of the Birmingham Local Medical Committee, Dr Fay Wilson, forstanding orders to be suspended so that the GMSC could reconsider its decision not to ballot on the package. The committee did, however, recognise the “widespread concern” on the matter and agreed to communicate with the profession the reasons for taking the decision.

    Speakers at last week's meeting reported disquiet at some LMC meetings that a ballot had not been arranged; some of the disquiet they accepted had been fuelled by misleading articles in the press. Other committees had endorsed the GMSC's decision unreservedly and did not want the debate to be reopened. When committee members had reported the debate at the September meeting much of the concern had evaporated, although the secretary of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire LMCs, Dr Eric Rose,who believed that the debate should be reopened, reported that there were many disaffected doctors in his constituencies who were threatening motions of no confidence in the GMSC.

    One of the negotiators, Dr Brian Goss, said that most of the discontented doctors fell into twogroups--those who wanted nothing at all to do with out of hours work and those who thought they would lose financially. The committee could do nothing for these groups.

    The GMSC will communicate its reasons for not voting for another ballot in briefings to the press and letters to LMCs. …

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