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GPC to take tough stand on contract

The GPC is vowing to take a tough stance in the GMS contract review for 2007/8 in light of widespread fear among GPs that the deal's value is being eroded.

Negotiators said uplifts to global sums, quality payments and directed enhanced service prices were an 'absolute necessity' to preserve the value of the contract in real terms.

The will also insist any new work must be properly funded.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, conceded recently that negotiators were on a 'yellow card' from the profession over the lack of even an inflationary increase in global sums or QOF payments this year.

But Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC deputy chair, insisted failure to secure an increase next year would not be a red card offence.

He said: 'We'll worry about that at the time. First we have to see what the LMCs conference makes of everything, before persuading the Government we deserve this uplift. GPs expect it, and it's our job to deliver it.'

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