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GP pay freeze 'not a defeat', says Buckman

By Steve Nowottny

Failure to get a pay rise for GPs this year will not amount to ‘defeat', GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman claims.

In an exclusive interview with Pulse, Dr Buckman said he could not promise to squeeze a rise out of the Government but could only argue GPs' case.

'I'm not going to come in here and promise that they'll get n%... because I can't deliver that, it's not in my gift,' he said.

‘It's in my gift to go and argue for it and absolutely I will do that, but if I don't get it that's not defeat. Defeat is a much more complicated thing.'

Dr Buckman also argued that threats of industrial action, such as withdrawing from directed enhanced services as some LMCs have advocated, would harm rather than help GPs cause.

He said: ‘You don't negotiate while threatening the person you're negotiating with. You've got to have an end in view. If your end in view is just to give the enemy a bloody nose, that's not winning. When you've moved into the imagery of war, with winning and losing, that's negotiation over with.'

‘What GPs have to understand is that those things they can do that are likely to affect Government and not patients will not necessarily endear them to opinion formers, who they need to get onside if they are going to get any more money.'

The full interview with Dr Buckman will appear on pulsetoday and in Pulse next week.

Dr Buckman: 'not in my gift to promise GPs a pay rise' Dr Buckman: 'not in my gift to promise GPs a pay rise'

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