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GP leaders pass vote of no confidence in NHS England over appointments letter

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 21 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1311
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The BMA’s General Practitioners Committee has passed a motion of no confidence in NHS England in response to a “tone deaf” letter sent to general practices last week instructing them to return to offering face-to-face appointments without prior triage.

The motion,1 passed at the GPC’s online meeting on 20 May, said the committee was “outraged by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s lack of understanding of the pressures facing general practice” and urged the GPC executive to “immediately cease” all formal meetings with NHS England until the issue had been resolved.

Earlier this week the GPC’s chair, Richard Vautrey, called for an urgent meeting with England’s health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock,2 to discuss the profession’s “widespread anger, frustration, and disappointment” at the letter, sent on 13 May by NHS England’s medical director for primary care, Nikki Kanani, and its director of primary care, Ed Waller.34

Before issuing the letter the NHS had …

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