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Crunch GP contract poll called for next week

By Steve Nowottny

GPs will be polled on the Government's contract offer from early next week, the BMA has announced.

GPC leaders have yet to reveal the exact questions which will be asked in the poll of all UK GPs. But rather than a straight Yes/No vote on each option, GPs will be asked to vote either for the Government's offer or the threatened imposition.

GPs will also be able to give 'reasoning' for their response, with supplementary questions enabling the profession to 'demonstrate the strength of feeling to the Government.'

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC chair, said it was ‘vitally important that all GPs respond'.

Last week the GPC controversially passed a motion concluding that the Government's offer ‘is less damaging for general practice' than the alternative threatened imposition, which it said ‘will harm the underlying fabric of NHS general practice and patient care more quickly and more lastingly.'

Dr Buckman added: ‘Neither option is likely to be welcomed by the generality of the profession,' he said. ‘For now, you will have to consider which of the Government options is less worse for your practice, your patients and the future of general practice.'

‘The GPC is not recommending any course of action and GPs should make their own decision on how to respond to all the questions in the poll.'

Full details of the poll and the GPC's assessment of the situation.

BMA: called crunch vote for next week BMA: called crunch vote for next week

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