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GPs vote against charging patients for their services

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3498
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

GPs have rejected a motion put to their annual conference proposing that the BMA should work with UK governments to introduce a mechanism through which patients could be charged for GP services.

Representatives attending the BMA’s conference of local medical committees in York voted against the parts of the motion that called on the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee to “explore national charging for general practice services with UK governments” and “to consider alternative funding mechanisms for general practice.”

However, the sections of the motion stating that “general practice is unsustainable in its current format” and that urged UK governments “to define the services that can and …

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