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GPs could threaten mass resignation over NHS contract

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1182 (Published 29 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1182
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

GP representatives around the UK have told the BMA to “use the threat of mass resignation to improve the NHS offer to practices,” arguing that “being prepared to walk away may be more effective than industrial action.”

The motion,1 passed on 24 May at the UK conference of local medical committees in Newport, Wales, also instructed the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) to “develop viable alternatives” to the general medical services (GMS) contract, including “actively supporting GP practices to work outside the NHS.”

The GPC England entered a dispute with NHS England over this year’s changes to the general medical services contract, which were imposed in …

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