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Report reveals concern at “bullying” behaviour among GP representatives

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1213 (Published 14 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1213
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

“Rude, bullying and disrespectful” behaviour is potentially contributing to the marginalisation of women, ethnic minorities, and other minority voices in national and local GP committees, a report from a QC has warned.

The independent review of GP representation in the UK by Ijeoma Omambala QC1 was commissioned by the GP Defence Fund in response to a motion passed at last year’s annual UK conference of local medical committees (LMCs). The review, published this week, examined representation within the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) for the UK and the four national GPCs, as well as their relations with LMCs.

The report, which surveyed and interviewed committee members, highlighted the “sometimes abusive, disrespectful and/or unpleasant language used by some GPs to speak to one another” on the BMA’s online ListServers, which are a common means of communication for LMCs and GPC members.

It noted that this was previously highlighted in the 2019 Romney report,2 …

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