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I have been deputy chair of Welsh Conference for the last three years, and have been voted in as Chair of Welsh Conference for the 2017-2020 session. From being involved I have been able to ensure that the sessional voice is heard, from organising motions to the actual debates.
Vaughan Gething, Welsh Health Secretary, outlined the contract changes for 2017/18 but also gave a commitment to the rising costs of GP professional indemnity. This will enable sessional GPs in Wales to adjust their fees to reflect this. I am a GPC Wales negotiator and welcome the collaborative approach taken by Welsh Government in order to tackle the challenges ahead.
Many of the debates are still related to GP partners, but we carried a motion for all sessional GPs to have an NHS email address.
I would encourage sessional GPs to get involved in local medical politics, as we can make a change and improve the image of sessional GPs.
Dr Nimish Shah
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Chairing the Scottish LMCs conference for the first time was an interesting experience, because you are concentrating so hard on what to say and on controlling what happens that you don’t pay as much attention to the actual debates.
We had announcements from the cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing & sport that included an increase in the supplement paid to practices for retainer GPs, an increase to the money paid to all GPs for undergoing appraisal, and an increase to the amount paid to practices for when a partner is off sick.
Debate was varied and included calls for:
All in all, I think it was a good conference and I look forward to chairing in December, which is a special conference on the new contract.
You can find out more about last week’s conference and download the full agenda for the day here.
Dr Mary O’Brien
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