‘Broken and exhausted’: GPs in England vote in favour of industrial action

‘Broken and exhausted’: GPs in England vote in favour of industrial action

GPs in England have voted in favour of taking limited forms of industrial action to protest against the government’s drive to force them to see patients face to face. The results led the profession’s new leader to warn ministers that “demoralised, broken and exhausted” family doctors may refuse to undertake some normal duties to show their anger. Four in five (80%) of the GPs who voted in an indicative ballot organised by the British Medical Association backed the withholding of information about how they hold appointments, to thwart the government’s plan to “name and shame” surgeries that see too few patients in person. Even more (84%) indicated their willingness to refuse to comply with the issuing of Covid-19 exemption certificates, which those who remain unvaccinated on medical grounds may need, …
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