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GPC negotiators back themselves into a corner

The negotiators have spent the last days frenziedly attempting to make further changes to the contract to produce something acceptable to the profession. They have set themselves an impossible task, and one that is grossly insulting to GPs ­ trying to botch together the future of general practice in a fortnight.

The negotiators have only themselves to blame for this mess. All along they have been sending out the wrong signals.

A particular gaffe was the remark made by GPC chair Dr John Chisholm ­ that the ballot would be delayed until a Yes vote was certain.

The profession has been split, the Government has been given room for manoeuvre, GPs have had their hopes raised, then dashed ­ it has been a lamentable performance all round.

Perhaps it is time for the negotiators to reflect that their mistakes have come home to roost.

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