Latest updates from your local medical community
A GMC workload survey showed that more than four in five GP trainers face heavy workloads and that most work beyond their basic working hours every day. This was reported by GP online, where Krishna Kasaraneni, GPC England Executive team member and workforce lead said: 'That GP trainers are facing high workloads and regularly working longer hours than they should be is concerning, but not greatly surprising. Recent BMA research revealed that three-quarters of GPs – and 85% of partners – are working significantly more hours than they’re contracted to, which can have a hugely detrimental impact on their wellbeing.
You will have seen recent reports about the effects the current pension arrangements are having on secondary care waiting lists. Read the BMA statement. BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul has written to the prime minister saying: ‘Current Government policy is driving doctors out of the workforce. The BMA has been working tirelessly to alert HM Treasury and the wider Government to the reality of losing large swathes of expertise from the NHS’s most experienced doctors at a time when the over-stretched service needs it most. Without the good will of doctors to cover waiting lists and rota gaps as well as extra sessions in GP surgeries, patients will suffer.’ Read the full letter here.
Quick update: last year, the Cameron Fund received applications from 173 individuals nationally and gave out £220,455 in grants, loans and Money Advice. A major new initiative to support actions to help prevent GP suicides is now also underway, funded by the Charity.
In recent months we have asked for self-nominations for the LMCs Subcommittees and Executive Committee. We are pleased to announce the process has now been concluded.
Following the announcements of the review of the NHS pension scheme arrangements, the BMA are asking doctors concerned by the impact of these tax measures to write, either for the first time, or as a follow up letter to their earlier representations, to their local MP. Access the template letter here.
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