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Appraisal delays don't bode well for new contract

It is not surprising that GPs, impatient with delays to the publication of the new contract, are pressurising the GPC to publish its contingency plans for a No vote. And it is not surprising many GPs have decided the new contract talks will break down before publication, and are resigning, retiring, or pressing ahead with PMS arrangements.

This Government, and GPs' professional spokesmen, have a poor track record of making positive change happen. The fact that very few grassroots GPs are on target to have had their first appraisal by the official deadline in June is not due to resistance to the scheme.

Most individual GPs welcome the opportunity to discuss their needs and objectives honestly with a colleague.

The problem is that the impetus and the funds to make appraisal happen have not been forthcoming. Will the same fate befall the new contract?

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