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Contract alternatives up GPC sleeve

The GPC drew up a presentation on alternatives to the new contract in the final days of negotiations because it feared Government interference in the deal could make it miss the deadline.

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of GPC Wales, told GPs at the Bro Taf LMC roadshow last week that all the other options would have resulted in reduced clinical commitment for GPs.

'A couple of weeks ago when the Government was playing silly buggers we got the slides ready,' he said.

'But resignation is not the only choice available,' he said.

The GPC has said it will present the alternatives to GPs if they reject the contract.

Dr Dearden added that the Welsh Assembly had yet to reveal how much money will be available for GPs to provide enhanced services.

In England £315 million has been allocated.

'In Wales they have not told me how much money will be available for enhanced services but it will be equivalent to the English amount and will be ring-fenced,' he added.

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