• Post-election crunch time – rethink the strategy or we will leave

    • 15 Jun 2017
    The result of the general election is potentially a game changer for general practice. Given the possible outcomes of this election, and how that could affect the NHS, this leaves a dim ray of hope for us. An overwhelming Conservative majority would have made it almost impossible to challenge the current approach to general practice; but we have a slim possibility that with a lack of a stable government, the profession...
  • NHS England urged to learn from the ‘Esso man’

    Any good motorist knows that safe motoring begins with basic maintenance. And it gets no more basic than checking the oil. It is a simple message that was beautifully encapsulated decades ago by the ad campaign that declared: ‘The Esso man means happy motoring.’ In general practice, the lubricant that keeps the machine running is the sessional workforce. That nebulous group of peripatetic specialists who...
  • Salaried GPs and new models of care: what are your experiences?

    • 15 Jun 2017
    The landscape of general practice is changing to deal with increased workload pressures, reduced funding and the workforce crisis. Different areas are adopting different models to meet their population needs – ranging from super-partnerships, federations and hubs to MCPs. With new models of care emerging nationally, it is important that we as a subcommittee represent the views of sessional GPs and support our colleagues...
  • Reflecting on the UK LMC Conference May 2017

    I was deputy chair of the UK LMC conference last month and I think it went pretty well. We tried a few new things on the agenda; the most significant from our point of view was a talk from sessional GPs subcommittee chair Zoe Norris , which went down a storm, followed by a question and answer session. We also had the same by the devolved nation chairs, and the chair of the GPDF. The agenda committee had received a...
  • News from sessional GPs in Northern Ireland

    • 14 Jun 2017
    As we move into summer, we still have no assembly in Stormont, no one to negotiate with, and no one else trying help GPs. The crisis in primary care continues to worsen here, and every month that we go without a plan to fix the service allows things to worsen further. The Northern Ireland GPs committee continues to collect undated resignations, and the next minister of health will potentially face the choice between...