Indemnity issue raised at Annual Conference of LMCs

Indemnity issue raised at Annual Conference of LMCs

Nottinghamshire LMC committee member and director, Adam Harrison, presented a motion on indemnity at the LMC Conference in Edinburgh this week.
The motion was in response to some GPs in the area being refused indemnity, or seeing major increases in their premiums.
Dr Harrison: “We implore the GPC to negotiate with MDOs to change the rules meaning that they do not have to give reasons for their refusal to GPs, request that a formal appeals process is put in place to allow a right of reply for the individual GPs involved and call on the Government to make alternative arrangements when the usual firms will not, or can not, supply indemnity or, further provide an overreaching indemnity cover in the form of a national indemnity scheme.”
The motion was passed.
Also during the conference, The BMA’s GPC chairman, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, warned there were no simple solutions to historic staffing and funding inadequacies, and that doctors must hold future governments to account.
He said: “Rebuilding general practice after a decade of neglect won’t occur overnight, and there’s no single magic bullet for our multiple pressures.
“Like before, we can – we must – get through these troubled times, with confidence and self-belief that the service we provide to one million patients daily trounces all the empty promises of politicians.”
Our Chief Executive, Michael Wright, accompanied seven GPs from the Notts LMC Committee including the LMC Chair, Dr Greg Place, to the annual Conference of Representatives of Local Medical Committees.
The main aims of Conference are to ensure LMCs represent grassroots general practice in their area and ensure their voices are heard by the government and issues debated.
This then mandates the BMA’s General Practitioners’ Committee (GPC) to negotiate on behalf of GPs at national level.
In Nottinghamshire, we submitted 10 motions for consideration, as well as being successful in leading the motion on indemnity.
With more than 70 LMCs in attendance and submitting motions, it is a very competitive process to lead a motion and there is a skill in writing sufficiently well for the agenda committee to then feature it.
What follows are some helpful links that recaps the Conference and allows you to view the key speeches and motions discussed:
GPC page
Webcast Day 1
Webcast Day 2

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