Speaking about the decision by the General Medical Council (GMC) to back the BMA’s call for GPs to be added to the specialist register, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said:
“This is an important recognition by the GMC of the central place and importance of GPs to the NHS and follows strong pressure to do so from both the BMA and Royal College of GPs (RCGP).
“Placing GPs on the specialist register would make their expertise clearer and put them on a deserved equal footing with other specialists, such as hospital consultants. This is the right step at a time when GPs are working harder than ever before, delivering more care to patients who are living with increasingly complex problems. This difficult job is being carried out despite the incredible pressure on general practice from rising workload and contracting budgets.
“The government should now follow the GMC’s lead and listen to the case made by the BMA by amending the Medical Act so that GPs get the recognition they deserve.”