13 June: Our Future, Our Say, Our Way – what you can do to practise safely right now

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We are hosting a live event with GPCE and London LMC leaders on what you as a practice can do to practise safely, within your rights as contract holders.

This is your opportunity to hear from Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer, Chair of GPCE ahead of a ballot of BMA GP contractor members opening on 17 June. It is absolutely imperative that at least one key representative from each and every London GP partnership attends. More details of the BMA’s ongoing work around the 2024/25 imposed Contract dispute is here.

The event is open and free to all GPs, GP registrars, practice managers and nurses in every practice team across the London Region. We know many of you will be carefully considering your options and GPCE are keen that the event is about supporting you to make an informed choice, rather than just assuming your practice will take part in any collective action.

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The event will feature keynotes from Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer and Dr Julius Parker, her Deputy. Dr Lisa Harrod-Rothwell, Deputy CEO, Londonwide LMCs will present the latest evidence, guidance and support for your practice on safe working. Dr Michelle Drage our CEO will be chairing the day.

Registration and light refreshments are available at 12:30pm, the event starts 1:00pm and runs until 4:30pm. Details of Friends House can be found here.

Through the afternoon we will be exploring next steps on the imposed GP Contract, what safe general practice looks like, and what partners and their teams can do without putting their businesses at risk of remedial or termination notices.

Next steps for partners and the wider team

Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer’s message is as follows:

“This is phase one: some of the actions on our menu can only be done by partners.

“Partners hold the contract. They employ the team. They determine the culture. They define how the practice is run. They need to grasp this nettle to secure the future of their business in phase one.

“There will be plenty of other actions on the menu which can and I am sure will be done by other GPs and practice nurses, supported and facilitated by practice managers – the team will be instrumental to this action working. Everyone is safe to support as we are not asking anyone to breach any contract at this point.

“The BMA GPC Sessionals Committee are the voice of salaried GPs across the UK and we are fully behind our wonderful colleague Dr Mark Steggles and his committee, and we too are so grateful for their support.

“This action is targeted at the contract – money into the contract will benefit current salaried GPs and available locums. Changes to the contract rules could create 1,000s of GP and practice nurse jobs via ARRS. A new contract under a new government will resolve any partner/sessional tension. This action will be INDEFINITE and it will be for ALL of us.

“It’s a lifestyle change. A chance to professionally reset. To draw a line in the sand and state ‘No more.’ From 1 August it will be different. And we are all doing this together.

“Salaried GPs, practice nurses, GP locums, GP registrars – they are all in the car on this journey. But the car is owned by the partners, the team brings the fuel. Partners are in the driving seat. They’ll have to take a break and let the other passengers drive at some point, and they’ll depend on others’ fuel too – but as we start the journey together, the Partners need to show they’re willing to switch on the engine and start the journey

“This is strategic. Trust us.

“And this is phase one…”