GPs eye industrial action following contract imposition

24th March 2023 by NASGP

GPs eye industrial action following contract imposition

For GPs to close GP practices for a day ‘would be challenging’ but is still ‘on the cards’ as part of industrial action plans, the BMA told Pulse.

GP leaders in England are calling on Health Secretary Steve Barclay to reconsider imposing this year’s changes to the GP contract and warn it is currently ‘not fit for purpose’.

Changes to the contract, which sets out mandatory requirements for NHS GPs to follow, were roundly rejected by the General Practitioners Committee in England (GPCE) last month. The imposition is due to commence from 1 April.

GPs’ exploration of industrial action comes as junior doctors confirm a 96-hour walkout will take place from Tuesday 11 April to Saturday 15 April. One in five GPs under 30 quit the profession last year, it was reported earlier this month.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: “Although self-employed GP locums will not be balloted, we share the frustration of our colleagues whenever talks break down between GPC England and the Government, especially as this is not the first time this has happened.

“We know that our members are doing all they can to support colleagues, one way or another, and that this continual dissatisfaction around GP contracts being imposed is only going to reduce the popularity of partnership posts and swell the ranks of GP locums.

“Our advice here for all GPs is to prioritise reducing work stress at this difficult time, making sure you take time off away from work if at all possible.”

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