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Another day another pay deal for GPs

What a difference a day makes in the contract saga. Had Peter Snow been commissioned to predict the ballot outcome since the framework was unveiled, his swingometer would have got metal fatigue by now.

At the latest contract roadshows, the negotiators were confident enough of getting a Yes majority in the forthcoming ballot that they could sit back and pronounce 'let GPs decide'.

But ­ in a move reminiscent of an examination board sending out bodged A-level results ­ the BMA posted the white envelopes containing GPs' Carr-Hill ratings. With 75 per cent of practices across the UK set to lose substantial income, the number planning to vote No looked likely to hit an all-time high.

In a surprise response, the negotiators suddenly pulled a brand-new pay deal out of

the bag which could set the swingometer back in motion again. Unless another day brings another twist.....

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