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Contract is voted a success but...

The new contract has been a success overall, but has failed to limit workload or redistribute resources, GPs believe.

More than two-thirds of GPs pronounced the contract a success, compared with 20 per cent who disagreed.

The ability to ditch 24-hour responsibility was highlighted by 92 per cent of respondents as a positive aspect of the contract, well ahead of the pay rise (62 per cent).

Fewer than half (42.7 per cent) said the quality and outcomes framework was positive.

Asked about the worst aspects of new GMS, 60 per cent cited a lack of control over workload and 56 per cent the failure of the Carr-Hill allocation formula to redistribute income more fairly.

Around half of GPs also criticised the fact it opened the door to competition and hadn't solved the premises funding crisis.

Dr John Beaven, a GP in Chard, Somerset, said he expected GPs would have to work like 'hamsters in a wheel'.

He said: 'I really do support the quality framework but that was really the only reason why I voted for the contract.'

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