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.