Letter of Resignation from the British Medical Association Council
Excerpt from the BMA Chief Executive Keith Ward's letter dated July 4, 2014
'..I am not in a position to authorise mailout of the July Council papers to you. However, I do not wish to fetter your engagement with BMA Council and will be prepared to forward the July Council papers to you upon receipt of a formal undertaking (attached) to treat the Council documents marked confidential as confidential. Secondly, I have asked the Director of Legal Services to set up an investigation and also call an Interim Measures Panel Article 14 (8) who will be able to assess the likely ongoing risk to the Association whilst the investigation is underway and also potentially have the power to suspend you from all BMA offices you hold with immediate effect pending the outcome of the investigation.'
Update 21 August 2014
Evidence from my restricted private Facebook used by the BMA Chief Executive to call for an Interim Measures Panel. How did the Chief Executive gain access to my restricted facebook? Are the actions of the BMA 'disproportionate' to ask the Director of Legal Services to call for an Interim Orders Panel to assess my ongoing risk to the BMA? Are Nationally-Elected Council Reps to be 'gagged' from talking to their electorate and expressing an opinion about being inundated with BMA server conversation emails on holiday?
Response to Data Subject Access request for identity of my accuser. BMA redacts his name. The Royal Crown Courts abide by the laws of natural justice and allow one to know the name of the accuser to respond to any 'vexatious' complaints, but not the RCGP or BMA. It begs the question, are old boys protecting each other? Is the BMA a closed shop?
Update October 2014
NHS GPs call on their BMA trade union for a 'ballot on action.'
Female NHS GP partner, 'We need a union specifically for GPs.'
NHS GP partner, 'Why won't those naughty GPs simply be quiet whilst I beat them with my cane of income reductions, pension contribution increases, retirement age increases, regulation increases, workload increases, and patient expectation increases?'
NHS GP partner, 'My last year as a GP has been soul-destroying, so escaping, initially to locum, then abroad.'
NHS GP partner, 'Isn't £100 million a year divided by 67 million people approximately £1.50 per person in the country per year to provide this (7/7) service. These people do not live in the real world.'
NHS GP partner, 'No funding increase for 6 years and abolition of MPIG.'
NHS practice manager, 'With no extra staff, to open at weekends we have to close during the week. Without a huge amount of money, in £billions to pay wages for extra staff, there is no extra staff to open at weekends. Even if money was available, there aren't enough people to recruit. There is a crisis right now with not enough GPs for the existing number of posts let alone additional ones. It's very hard to find a replacement practice nurse, and the District Nursing srevice in my County is in free-fall collapse as they all get out as fast as they can and no-one comes in to replace them, and I really mean zero applicants for the advertised replacement!'
NHS sessional GP 'We can't magic GPs out of thin air!'
Female NHS GP partner, 'This year more than 800 GP recruitment places were not filled. Partners are retiring left, right and centre. I'm certainly looking to defect. Not worth working in the NHS anymore. Patients aren't even grateful.'
Female NHS GP partner, 'I have no problem with 7-day access since my exit strategy is my one way ticket to Australia departing December 2014.'
NHS GP partner, 'A consultant colleague of mine is leaving hospital medicine - as consultants are now expected to be involved in on call more and more, causing a problem with work/life balance. I'm sorry but general practice cannot go back to 20 years ago when we did 24 hour on call, 1 in 4. Demands and expectations of the patients are now difference and 8-8, 7/week would not be manageable with the current funding/work force.'
Ex NHS GP partner, 'For me, I resigned as a GP partner and am a portfolio GP for the past 9 months. Have seen a change of situation and feel I can control work. If things get worse, goodbye to General Practice in the UK and yet to decide ? Canada ?Australia.'
NHS GP partner, 'Unless we all have the b***s to threaten to resign from providing services, which is not a new concept, then we will continue to be treated as s**t. Our decision and one we must seriously consider if anybody is going to listen to the state we currently find ourselves in. We need to now play hard ball the same way we have been treated - every man for themselves. GP can't continue in this way - denigrated by all and sundry, yet undertaking 90% of all of the NHS contract. We deserve better and we aren't going to get it by playing 'nice guys' as this doesn't work with the current administration. Fight fire with fire and let them know we mean business.'