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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 can continue to show the unforgivable impact of NHS cuts in staff and funding on our patients and ourselves.
It's crunch time – the salaried, locum and portfolio GPs out there are ready to be engaged with. Our survey – which you can read more about here and in Mark Sanford-Wood’s blog – clearly shows that if sessional doctors are pushed any further, they will leave. Time to rethink the strategy?
Maybe this result will make the Government and NHSE (NHS England) sit up and realise they need to improve the conditions in general practice, look after all staff, and genuinely start working with the untapped resource of sessional doctors in a way they simply haven't at any significant scale.
Failure to do this will mean the permanent loss of the current and future primary care workforce. Good luck trying to spin that into a positive outcome Mrs May.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Chaand Nagpaul on his appointment to BMA council chair. As many of you know, Chaand has been GPC chair for the past four years and I know that this move will in no way detract from his continued commitment to the cause.
Dr Zoe Norris is GPC sessional subcommittee chair
Everything changes in this universe at all time. Keep up your good work with a smile.
Bashir Qureshi FRCGP, FRCPCH, AFOM-RCP, MICGP, Hon FFSRH-RCOG, Hon FRSPH, Hon MAPHA-USA.
* Life Member of the BMA and its ardent supporter since 1964.