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GPC is shown 'yellow card'

GPC negotiators have admitted they are 'on a yellow card' from the profession over changes to the quality framework.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, told Scottish GPs he accepted criticism of the changes, which mean extra work with no extra pay, but said the decision was made to bury the issue of 'over-performance'.

He said: 'We took a judgment and I'm prepared to stand by that and be criticised for it.

'The GPC is on a yellow card

­ if we do it again we'll be in trouble.'

His comments came after LMCs deplored the lack of even an inflationary increase in the value of QOF points and insisted on closer clinical scrutiny of new indicators.

Dr Murray McPherson, a member of Argyll and Clyde LMC, said he was 'rightly happy' with improved quality but added ministers would 'love to show achievement falling' if GPs refused the unrewarded work.

Dr Hal Maxwell, chair of

Ayrshire and Arran LMC, said it was a 'no-brainer' that new targets should be more closely scrutinised.

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