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GPs to produce a strategy for the futureAcademic staff seek prime minister's help over fundingCalman proposals will affect hospital manpowerTobacco companies curb advertisingNHS chairmen will have chartersCorrection

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:235
  1. Linda Beecham

    GPs to produce a strategy for the future

    The General Medical Services Committee will begin to discuss its strategy for the future of general practice at its September meeting. This will be the first stage of the GMSC's response to the government's document Primary Care: The Future (15 June, p 1500). Dr Ian Bogle, who was re-elected unopposed as chairman but said that it would be the last year that he stood, said last week that he and the negotiators planned a weekend meeting to draft the strategy. This would be wide-ranging and cover a definition of core services, contractual options, recruitment, workload, and funding.

    Welcoming the move Dr Tony Stanton, secretary of the inner London local medical committees, said that the committee needed to debate all the issues urgently. General practitioners' wish to recruit more doctors and reduce list sizes might not be achievable. He did not believe that they wanted to see the hospital service depleted further to pay for additional primary care services.

    The GMSC has set up a task group to examine how it conducts its business. Dr John Ball will chair the group, and its other members are Dr Lawrence Buckman, Dr John Canning, Dr Grant Kelly, and Dr Fay Wilson. Dr Ball, a former chairman of the GMSC, told the committee that there was a wealth of talent on the committee that was never tapped and he wondered whether concentrating so much work and responsibility on a few people was the right way …

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