The GP leading plans for industrial action over face to face appointments resigned his post at the doctors’ union.
Dr Richard Vautrey will step down as chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee later this month.
His departure came on the day ballots were sent to GP practices across England asking if they would be willing to take industrial action.
Dr Richard Vautrey, a GP from Leeds, has led the left-wing union’s rebellion against the Government’s plans to force family doctors to see more patients in person, but his stand on face to face appointments has been condemned by moderate doctors, MPs and patient groups for being tone-deaf.
On Friday, Dr Richard Vautrey insisted the BMA would not back down over plans for industrial action aimed at reversing the unsustainable workload of GPs, and he accused the Government of adding fuel to the fire by telling doctors to boost the number of appointments they hold face to face.
The latest figures showed four in ten GP appointments were still not being carried out face to face in England this September. For example, over the same period two years ago more than nine in ten were in person.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid last month unveiled a £250 million set of measures to get patients more face to face appointments, including a controversial proposal to name and shame underperforming surgeries.
Despite his militant speech in recent weeks, Dr Richard Vautrey’s surprise withdrawal announcement didn’t mention the recent dispute over patient access.
He said that he’d concluded that the anticipated first meeting of their delayed annual gathering was the right time for a new chair to take on the role. With the need to start preparing for a new contract as they near the fourth year of their current five year agreement, and that a new chair and team needed to be given that opportunity to do this.
Yesterday the BMA launched an indicative ballot of GP practices in England, asking if they support taking industrial action in four principal areas.
These included refusing to go along with the naming and shaming of practices that fail to improve face to face access.
They will also be asked if they will refuse to comply with rules on pay transparency, which would mean GPs getting over £150,000 will be named.
A doctor that doesn’t want to go back to work isn’t any use to anyone, and people are suffering because of the lack of face to face appointments, and being a doctor is no longer a vocation, and countless doctors are now just in it for the money, and it seems that our pets are getting better treatment from vets than we’re getting from our doctors, and it’s about time GP’s stopped hiding behind the COVID excuse and started seeing their patients again.
A doctor who doesn’t want to see their patients is about as useful as a pilot who doesn’t want to fly a plane. No matter how qualified they are, they’re pointless and not worth employing, and the BMA is a Champagne Socialist outfit that long ago forgot the meaning of the Hippocratic Oath.
Our country’s health is in peril and although it doesn’t scare me, I do feel that we’re not safe anymore, and over the last 18 months, I have lost all respect for our GP’s – so much for patient care and well-being.