Don't renegotiate contract, go straight to resignation ballot
If GPs reject the new contract, I cannot see returning to the negotiating table being a viable way forward (News, December 9). Instead the negotiators should move straight to a resignation ballot.
The reason is that the profession is now at the end of its tether. The GPC, the NHS Alliance and the health minister all gave assurances that the contract would be delivered on time. The uncertainty which would result if it wasn't would be insupportable.
The GPC has worked hard in its efforts to negotiate the contract, and there will be dire consequences if the contract is late, or is not acceptable to the rank-and-file GP.
Golden hello and returner schemes would be a hollow excercise. We can learn from our colleagues in secondary care. God help us if that picture is carried out in general practice. So I do not think it's a question of the GPC going back to renegotiate part of the contract. In the event of a dispute, I am sure some of us would indeed resign.
Dr Ruban Prasad,
GP in Preston, GPC member
Chair of South Lancashire LMC