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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1285
  1. E M Armstrong, Secretary

    Doctors will call for review body to return to original remit

    As soon as the new government is announced the BMA will ask for a meeting to emphasise the need to retain an independent review body for the medical profession and to insist that the remit of the doctors' review body should be that agreed by the 1960 royal commission. This stated that doctors' pay should be compared with those in comparable professions.

    This request will be accompanied by a demand from GPs for an independent review of their contracts and pay, which should take into account the problems of staffing, recruitment, and workload. The BMA also wants more say in the choice of review body members.

    At a meeting with the review body chairman, Mr Brandon Gough, last week, which was also attended by the chairman of the BMA council, the GMSC's chairman, Dr Ian Bogle, re-emphasised GPs' concerns, particularly about recruitment and low morale. He told the GMSC that he found the review body chairman “sympathetic” but Mr Gough had said that he would find it difficult to implement the kind of increases that the profession had called for under current financial arrangements. He denied …

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