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GPs are threatening to scrap plans that make them work Saturdays and evenings

GPs have threatened industrial action over plans to make them work Saturdays and evenings.

GPs pledged to act if an NHS contract containing the terms is not scrapped.

GPs have threatened industrial action over plans to make them work Saturdays and evenings

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dr London GP Jacqueline Applebee said: “The new contracts have already been effectively enforced. How much more can we take?'

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dr London GP Jacqueline Applebee said: “The new contracts have already been effectively enforced. How much more can we take?’

Members of the British Medical Association say it’s not practical because GPs have to work in groups of practices known as Primary Care Networks.

They claim that PCNs are inflexible and bureaucratic and that the money for the system should be part of the GP contract.

There was jubilation at the BMA’s annual meeting in Brighton yesterday after 57 per cent of members agreed to “organize opposition”, including industrial action if the contract stands.

The London GP Dr. Jacqueline Applebee proposed the motion to remove it, saying: “The new contracts have already been effectively enforced. How much more can we take?”

Almost 20,000 general practitioners could “give up the profession” in the next five years.
Violent attacks on GPs have DOUBLED in the past five years

Welcoming the striking rail union, she said: “We should look to the RMT. You rightly said enough is enough. No more wage erosion, no more benefit cuts.”

dr Kieran Sharrock, of the BMA’s England GP Committee, said the vote highlighted “ever-growing concern about how well PCNs actually work”.

The vote follows a threat to strike by hospital doctors who are demanding a 30 percent pay rise.

A GP strike could only happen if at least half of them agree in a new poll. It is unlikely that emergency care will be stopped.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5660352/gps-threaten-strike-work-saturdays/ GPs are threatening to scrap plans that make them work Saturdays and evenings

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