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GPC has false impression of GPs' real mood

There's no mistaking the current mood of GPs, the majority of whom do not feel life will improve significantly under a new contract. With just 11 days to go before publication of the fully priced contract, a Pulse survey of some 500 GPs reveals overwhelming despondency and workload weariness, even among the 52 per cent of would-be Yes voters.

Most GPs expecting to back the contract in the ballot will do so only because it is the least worst option: a desire 'not to vote No' rather than enthusiastic support for a new deal.

The GPC's refusal to spell out the alternatives has compounded these feelings. Most GPs know the contract will not be a panacea for all their workload and recruitment problems.

But fear of the unknown ­ or worse ­ a Government-imposed PMS contract by default ­ is what is currently driving a significant number of GPs to reluctantly support a new deal.

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