• Maternity leave: member relations answer your queries

    The author works for the BMA’s member relations team. Find out more about BMA member relations here . Maternity issues are by far the area that we get the most queries about. This can range from a simple question about maternity pay entitlements to complex cases, where for example, practices are refusing to honour maternity pay. All employees are statutorily entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave –...
  • A healthier future for general practice

    With its registered patient list and universal access to a family doctor – the GP practice is one of the great strengths of the NHS. However, it is under severe strain. Primary care services are chronically under-resourced and have been so for many years now. The GP Forward View, published in April 2016, made commitments to increase recurrent General Practice funding by an estimated £2.4 billion by 2021...
  • What does the Bawa-Garba ruling mean for sessional GPs?

    • 14 Feb 2018
    The last few weeks have been a worrying time for all doctors in light of the case against Dr Hadiz Bawa-Garba. The sessional subcommittee have had particular concerns about the implications of both the GMC and criminal investigations for a number of reasons. Firstly, many sessional GPs work in relative isolation and can find it difficult to know how to raise concerns about workload and patient safety. Secondly, where...
  • Capita and the NHS pension fiasco – what is going on? ......Part 6.

    As part of the ongoing saga, I would like to update you following the meeting with Capita team and NHS England on 6 February 2018. As you will see, I have kept the format the same in order that it may be easier for you to see the issues that were raised and how we are progressing with them. Some of you may already be aware that since Capita (PCSE) took over the contract in November 2015, NHSE have had a team that...
  • GPC elections 2018

    Who are the members of GPC? The General Practitioners Committee represents all NHS GPs. There are 86 members of GPC, 43 of whom are directly elected regional representatives. These seats are for a three year term, one third of which are up for election each year. The remaining seats are either from conferences, subcommittee groups or ex-officio members. The current membership is here . Who can stand? To be eligible...