GPs are in a strong position so use it to get a decent pay rise
I am appalled by the headline on the front page of the March 10 issue: '12% pay rise for Yes vote...but 2.5% for No'.
It would not be a surprise if the Government used a stick as well as a carrot to coerce GPs into voting in favour of the proposed new contract, but our negotiators should not allow themselves to present it as a foregone conclusion and to forget to use the position of strength that GPs are in.
If the contract is not favourable for GPs and the amount of bureaucracy that practices will have to wade through makes it appear so then we don't have to be defeatist and accept that a mere 2.3 per cent annual pay rise is the only alternative.
As there is a shortage of GPs and we are a sought-after commodity, our negotiators should be able to use this strong position to achieve a pay rise under the present contract that reflects the amount and quality of work we already do.
Regardless of the outcome of the vote, we still deserve a substantial increase in pay.
Dr Jill Rapoport