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Demand for professional negotiators rejected

Despite failing to negotiate a pay rise for GPs and being described as mice by one representative, the conference voted that GPC negotiators 'act honourably and negotiate in good faith with the Government'.

Calls for them to be replaced by full-time professional negotiators were rejected, as was a motion expressing serious concern about the effectiveness of the BMA as a trade union.

However, Dr Neville Bradley, representing Wirral LMC, called for stronger leadership within the GPC, describing the leadership as 'small rodents emitting feeble squeaks from their Tavistock Square mansion'. Dr Greg Butler of South Staffordshire LMC added: 'Where is the motion calling for the resignation of the chair?

'I will tell you why there is no such motion – because he is a doctor. He is one of us. He is a jolly nice chap. 'We need tough full-time negotiators.'

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