On 22 November LMC representatives from across England met for the annual Conference of England Local Medical Committees. Three motions were proposed by London LMCs, the full list of motions proposed and carried can be viewed here and the webcast of the day here.
The London motions were:
18. That conference recognises the workload of the clinical director of the new PCNs and:
- they must be empowered and supported to resist the unrealistic expectation of all organisations that seem to believe PCNs will solve the problem within NHS primary care
- rejects any attempt by commissioners to use clinical directors for the performance management of PCNs and constituent practices
- instructs GPC England to negotiate for clinical directors to be paid for the role they undertake independent of network size
- calls upon GPC England to negotiate with NHS England in ensuring parental and sickness leave reimbursements, in line with practice reimbursements, are available for PCN clinical directors
Proposed by Dr Fiona Sanders from City and Hackney LMC. Parts i, ii and iv were carried unanimously, part iii was carried.
19. That conference, with regard to PCNs:
- has no faith that they will result in a reduction in GP workload
- is concerned that they do not actually address the issue of the dwindling GP workforce
- has not seen any evidence that they will assist practices in supporting increasing numbers of patients with increasingly complex health need
- believes they are the building blocks towards integrated care systems which will be to the detriment of local personal patient care
- requires GPC England to reject this model in favour of developing a new GP contract that actually positively supports the current model of English general practice.
Proposed by Dr Sujata Chadha of Hillingdon LMC. Parts i, ii and iii were carried, parts iv and v were lost.
23. That conference is appalled that there are no national schemes supporting GPs who have either NHSE or GMC conditions to help them find appropriate placements in order to support them to return to the work and:
- requires each area team to report on the number of GPs within their area who have conditions on registration
- requires each area team to report on the number of GPs with their area who have conditions on registration but are being supported in a placement
- demands a review of the Induction and Refresher scheme criteria to enable doctors with conditions to apply and be accepted onto this scheme.
Proposed by Dr Elliott Singer from Waltham Forest LMC. Part i was carried unanimously, parts ii and iii were carried.
Last updated : 09 Dec 2019