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  • Our objectives and priorities for the coming year

    • 16 Jul 2019
    Hello UK sessional GPs, I’m very excited to be writing as the new chair of the BMA sessional GPs committee. I’m grateful to have been elected to steer the sessional GP ship over the coming three years and I hope I will do the role justice. I want us to be as responsive as possible, so if there are any issues you would like us to focus on or areas where you need our help then please email us at sessionalGPs...
  • Indemnity cover for travel vaccinations

    The CNSGP (state scheme for GP clinical negligence) has been running for three months and has been well received by the profession. There have inevitably been questions from GPs about the exact scope of the scheme; doctors are keen to know which activities are covered and which aren’t. Mostly this has been a process of clarification and explanation of the new environment created by the scheme’s introduction...
  • The impact of pensions: how we’re taking action

    At a time when GP workforce numbers are heading in the wrong direction, the punitive pension tax system is further compounding the problem by forcing GPs to retire early or reduce their clinical commitment. We have repeatedly expressed our concerns about the current system and the unintended but serious consequences this is having on patient care and workforce morale. In the 2019/20 England GP contract reform document...
  • Supporting clinical directors (CDs)

    Last week we hosted the inaugural PCN CDs conference at BMA House. Most of the nearly 300 colleagues who attended the conference were new faces to me. A new generation, not just in terms of how they looked, but in terms of leadership styles and a fresh outlook to support practices working together. While it is too early to say if PCNs will achieve everything set out in the contract reform document, the energy in the room...
  • How will the proposed changes to the 2016 junior doctor contract affect GP trainees?

    As part of the 2018/19 review and recent negotiations on the 2016 contract for junior doctors and dentists in England, the BMA’s GPC GP trainees subcommittee worked alongside the JDC (junior doctors committee) to develop our priorities for change. We know that there were significant problems with the imposed 2016 contract, but for some GP trainees, particularly at ST3, it was also seen as a more financially attractive...