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GPs could blow prescribing budgets 'out of the sky' in pensions protest

GPs could 'blow budgets out of the sky' by prescribing branded not generic drugs to register their protest against pension cuts, according to the Family Doctor Association (FDA) chairman.

FDA chairman Dr Peter Swinyard said there were a number of things that GPs could do to ‘cause the government discomfort’ without seriously affecting patient care. However, Dr Swinyard was careful to say that the suggestions were not recommendations and that all decisions on industrial action would be taken by the BMA. Some suggestions might be a breach of GPC guidance or even a breach of contract, Dr Swinyard warned.

One possible form of industrial action could be to prescribe more expensive brand name drugs to patients, Dr Swinyard said.

‘We could blow budgets out of the sky within a month by prescribing much more expensive drugs, and using brand names,’ Dr Swinyard said. More