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Default deal not an option for most GPs

GP negotiators reiterated their warning to GPs not to use the default contract as an alternative option to the new GMS deal after it was finally published last week.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum stressed the default contract was only for a small number of GPs, such as singlehanders who are off ill or GPs who have been suspended because of ill-health.

'It is not for those GPs who don't agree with what they're being offered,' he said. 'For those GPs it is better to sign the standard contract and sort out problems afterwards.'

Dr Meldrum added the contract, which runs for a maximum of six months, was a slimmed-down version of the standard new GMS contract but contained none of the 'goodies'.

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