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Are they mad to take on GP negotiating job?

GPC negotiators face being put through psychometric tests in future to test whether they are 'fit for purpose'.

Plans put to the GPC last week proposed drawing up a list of 'key competencies' for negotiators and putting candidates for the job through an assessment programme.

Dr Rob Barnett, chair of the GPC representation subcommittee, which put forward the proposals, said: 'There have been a lot of concerns over the last couple of years with the way the BMA and the GPC have worked.'

The current GPC negotiating team gave the plans a frosty response.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'This is carrying willingness to do a volunteer act a bit far.'

Fellow negotiator Dr Peter Holden would only say: 'I believe the democratic process works.'

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd joked the test would be likely to reveal he was mad.

'All negotiators are mad anyway and you have to be mad to do the job,' he said.

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