Dr Andrea Fraser (Chair, North & North East Lincolnshire LMC)
Dr Anne Jeffreys (Chair, Hull & East Yorkshire LMC)
Dr Zoë Norris
Dr Karena Platts
Dr Russell Walshaw attended as an Observer
There were eight main subject headings and in each heading were one or more motions constructed from the hundreds of motions submitted by the LMCs. This conference was different in that we only debated 16 motions in a day instead of the usual 40 normally debated in one day.
A webcast of the full conference is still available on the BMA website at:
At the beginning John Canning proposed that the agenda as set should be rejected and the conference should determine what it wanted to debate. After much debate the conference voted to proceed as set out in the Agenda papers. Whereas many representatives stated that the composite motions were not appropriate for addressing the crisis it was nevertheless the LMCs that had submitted all the motions. Once the procedural discussions had been resolved the conference opened with a report from the Chairman of the GPC, Dr Chaand Nagpaul which was received with a standing ovation.
The full text of the speech at:
At a later slot there was also a short speech from Dr Maureen Baker which outlined the RCGP view and this is available at:
Details of the debates are shown in the chart below. The gist of the steps forward can be summarised essentially as:
1. A minimum of 11% of NHS total budget spent in general practice
2. Removal of premises negative equity trap via a “purchaser of last resort” measure
3. Accelerated, standardised and funded national returner scheme
4. Suspension of the appraisal and inspection regime
5. Politician-led public measures (including contractual changes) to limit demand during our “state of emergency"
The subject areas debated were as follows:
- Future of the NHS