Chris Smyth reports on the motion before the LMC (Local Medical Committee) conference of the BMA on 31st October in The Times: Fears of NHS exodus as family doctors vote on going private.
NHS reality is not surprised. Northern Ireland has been warning us about this for some time, and although the social conscience of the profession will probably reject the motion, especially in Wales and Scotland, It is a sign of the dissonant views in the profession, and it bodes badly for recruitment. It would not have ben demanded if there were enough doctors, and if the places at medical schools had not been rationed for decades. It will take decades to recover..
GPs are to vote on quitting the NHS and going private, calling for their union to help them to develop plans for charging patients.
Doctors will also vent their frustration during a conference next week at having to see more patients, insisting they should be able “to say ‘no’ without feeling guilt”.
The British Medical Association (BMA) played down fears that family doctors would quit the NHS en masse. However, doctors are threatening to shut the doors to new patients in protest against rising workloads.
At a conference of local medical committees (LMCs) from around the county next week, delegates from Bedfordshire will say that “a number of GPs genuinely feel that they can no longer operate within the NHS”.
They will propose a motion calling on the BMA “to urgently look at how these GPs can be supported to operate within a private, alternative model”. The group did not elaborate on the specifics of their proposal.
Update 1st November 2017:
Responding to the publication of a survey from the University of Warwick that shows only two thirds of GP Trainees in the West Midlands intend to work in the NHS, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair said:
“These findings underscore the mounting crisis that is threatening the delivery of patient care in GP practices across the country. It is hardly surprising that the next generation of GPs are having doubts about their career in the NHS after a decade of underinvestment that has left many local GP services cash strapped and operating from inadequate facilities. Constant sniping from politicians, who often expect GPs to deliver more on shrinking budgets, has hardly helped the morale of a workforce at breaking point.