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Chisholm deserves to get bloody nose

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm appears to have fed too much at Tony Blair's table and is adopting Blair's habits. Where Blair cynically uses the Labour Party to his own ends, Dr Chisholm is using the GPC to achieve his. The special LMC conference decided that six months was needed to examine and refresh the contract, but the autocratic chair of the negotiating committee had already decided to ignore the resolution.

I was at the conference where all the arguments Dr Chisholm used in the GPC meeting the following day were rehearsed and rejected. That was as close to a democratic decision as you'll get in medical politics short of an actual contract vote. Yet the autocratic GPC chair decided he knew best. As a representative said earlier at the conference 'You are our servants, not our masters'. Dr Chisholm should bear that in mind.

One has to wonder what the point of the enormous expense of the elaborately staged conference was if Dr Chisholm and his group can ignore anything they choose the next day.

It is predictable that the negotiators will return to the next GPC fiasco committee in two weeks having failed, after not trying very hard, to achieve anything whatsoever and will immediately impose a ballot three weeks later.

Let us hope GPs then give him the bloody nose he so richly deserves. There is more to this contract than money. It is largely about controlling the profession.

Dr David Roberts

GP Member of BMA Council

Kettering, Northantshire

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