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I am Kalindi-Krishna Tumurugoti and I am predominantly a Nottingham based portfolio GP. I work as a part-time salaried GP in Derby and do sessional and out-of-hours work in Nottingham. I am delighted to introduce myself as the East Midlands regional representative on the sessional GPs committee. The sessional GPs committee provides national representation for all salaried and locum GPs. Members come from a range of backgrounds and careers and draw on their knowledge and experience to speak up and fight for a fairer deal for sessional GPs, now and in the future. We work closely with our parent committee, GPC UK.
The first committee meeting was held on 3 July 2019 where we confirmed our new executive team. We also discussed the issues with the representation of sessional GPs which have been widely recognised by GPC UK. GPC UK chair Richard Vautrey and previous sessional GPs committee chair Zoe Norris have written a letter to all LMCs to address these issues.
We know that LMCs are instrumental in representing all GPs locally and I can't emphasise enough the need to be members of your local LMCs, especially given the current changes in the contract and PCN formation. Personally, sessional GPs' involvement with PCNs and their representation on various fora, in general, are the two great bugbears for me. We are in a very different world now with the conclusion of PCN formation and it's great to see a lot of enthusiasm from sessional GPs up and down the country with this process. There is still lot of work that needs to be done at both national and local levels and it is vital that everyone recognises the importance of this, sometimes forgotten, tribe of sessional GPs. We would welcome your feedback and input in improving sessional GPs' engagement with PCNs, so please get in touch with the secretariat at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @KalindiKrishna .
Representation of sessional GPs has always been a difficult one to address. Onus lies on all sessional GPs to keep in touch with local LMCs and other networking and representation groups, so that you're kept in the loop with up-to-date local information and CPD activities. Locally I'm working with our LMC to set up a sessional GPs subcommittee and I am also in touch with other local LMCs so that all of us are apprised of what's happening. I'll share more details as the work progresses and please feel free to get in touch with us in the meantime if needed. I'm particularly passionate about the growing Next Gen GP community. I can say, with my hand on heart, that Next Gen GP is the most optimistic and life-changing thing that happened to me as a fully qualified GP.
Over the next three years the committee will be working on various issues, and our next meeting is scheduled for 9 October 2019. From a regional perspective I will be working closely with local LMCs and will keep you all updated. Please feel free to contact me through Twitter or GPC secretariat/BMA. Have a great summer and I hope everyone gets some time off.
Kalindi Krishna Tumurugoti is a member of the sessional GPs committee
I agree Lmc's work hard but as s locum I have to pay £60 to be a member unlike salaried gps or partners where it is already covered by the levy. Regarding membership benefits I cannot see the added advantage Lmcs provide me if I already pay out for bma membership??
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