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GPs demand that the government cut their workload

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1564
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    GPs applauded their leader this week for highlighting the crisis in the profession and pledging to fight for better working conditions in the coming months.

    Dr John Chisholm, chairman of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee (GPC), received a standing ovation and rapturous applause after he delivered his keynote speech to the annual conference of representatives of local medical committees in London. In particular, the GPC leadership was praised for carrying out its recent ballot of the United Kingdom's 36 000 GPs, more than half of whom said they would consider resigning from their current NHS contracts if things had not improved by next April.

    “The results [of the ballot] give politicians an incontrovertible message,” said Dr Chisholm. He continued: “It is essential that the new Westminster government takes urgent steps to begin to reduce GP workload and to improve GP recruitment-that it moves beyond its previous failure to understand and act upon the serious problems we face-for the results of the ballot give the GPC's negotiators a clear negotiating mandate: a mandate to secure improvement for our patients and our colleagues. The government cannot and will not be allowed to ignore the overwhelming ‘yes’ ballot.”

    However, …

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