Representation

A view from RCGP Council

With the help of votes from NASGP members, I was voted on to council in 2017. This was my 4th council meeting. The good news is that there are now a few GPs on council with portfolio careers, most of whom are involved with out-of-hours services. This is the first in a series of blogs…
Read more

Sessional GPs part 
of the solution

The LMC conference was a 2 day festival of voting, slip-waving and speeches. Before I get carried away with what happened, I’m acutely aware that the whole thing is a mystery to many colleagues. So the basic guide is: All GPs across the UK are represented by their local medical committee (LMC). This should be…
Read more

A rock and a hard place

Pressure is mounting on GP services, brought about by a combination of increasing patient needs with reduced resources in primary care (the rock), versus statutory regulatory authorities like the GMC and CQC (the hard place) who, for all the right reasons, have to take an idealist rather than a realist approach to regulation. Whilst their…
Read more

[54b][393] #LMCConf | Astronomical rise in defence fees

54b MID MERSEY: That conference is deeply concerned about the astronomical rise in defence subscriptions for salaried and sessional doctors and calls upon the LMC Conference to address the economical strain which is making part time GP work unsustainable. 393 KENSINGTON, CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER: That conference notes the rising premiums for medical defence and calls…
Read more

[380] #LMCConf | NHS England should publish revalidation rates

380 THE GPC: That the GPC seeks the views of conference on the following motion from the Sessional GPs Subcommittee: That conference believes, in the interest of transparency, that NHS England should publish differences in successful revalidation rates between partners, salaried GPs, locum GPs and responsible officers. NASGP view We've been scratching our heads like a bad…
Read more

[349] #LMCConf | GPC to support locum chambers

349 KENT: That conference instructs the GPC to support sessional GPs to establish locum chambers. NASGP view When NASGP came up with the GP chambers model back in 2002 at an all-day workshop at the RCGP, we knew we were on to something. Since then, hundreds of GPs and practices, together with local CCGs, have enjoyed…
Read more

[317] #LMCConf | Do to others as you would do unto yourself

317 THE GPC That the GPC seeks the views of conference on the following motion from the Sessional GPs Subcommittee: That conference believes Sessional GPs should be seen as an asset by practice networks and federations and insists they are employed/contracted by such organisations under favourable terms and conditions urges networks and federations to ensure such…
Read more

[225] #LMCConf | Fix the death-in-service locum loophole

225 LIVERPOOL: That conference believes that the current pension arrangements for GPs are discriminatory against GP locums and calls upon the GPC to enter into discussion with the NHS Pensions Agency to ensure that the families of GP locums do not lose out from the death in service benefit purely because of death occurring between…
Read more

[276] #LMCConf | Support GPs to retain them

276 THE GPC: That the GPC seeks the views of conference on the following motion from the Sessional GPs Subcommittee: That conference believes that support networks and targeted educational sessions for sessional GPs are vital in the retention of this mobile and flexible part of the workforce and calls upon GPC to insist Health Education England…
Read more

[224] #LMCConf | GPs need to show each other more respect

224 HERTFORDSHIRE: That conference believes that practices owe a duty of respect to all doctors and calls on GPC to do more to ensure that locum GPs should: be regarded as valuable additions to the workings of a practice be paid on time have their pension contributions paid appropriately. NASGP view That this even has to…
Read more