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BMA GPC leader pours cold water on organising industrial action ballot

The BMA is unlikely to pursue industrial action in the form of mass list closures any time soon, the chair of its GP Committee has indicated.

Speaking at the English LMCs Conference in London, Dr Richard Vautrey told delegates that the BMA are “not telling practices to close their lists, they’re doing it now”.

The GPC surveyed the profession earlier this year, finding 54% of practices would be willing to close their lists temporarily, while 44% said they would be willing to close lists permanently.

The survey followed a motion at the UK LMCs Conference in Edinburgh in May, which “demand[ed] that GPC ballot GPs as to whether they would be prepared to collectively close their lists in response to this crisis [in general practice”.

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