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GPs are right to be sceptical of pay promise

Most GPs would agree the contract has gone completely pear shaped, and without a guaranteed and substantial boost to their earnings a No vote is inevitable.

The negotiating team are pinning their faith on the minimum practice income guarantee. GPC chair Dr John Chisholm has said GPs do not believe it is as good as it is. He's spot on.

Quite apart from the fact that GPs have lost confidence in anything they are told at the moment, one of Dr Chisholm's own negotiating team has admitted any rise in income is likely to be moderate at best.

In a recent response to GPC member Dr Fay Wilson's remark that the new contract was insufficiently funded, negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'You are right. The Government were utterly insistent that most of the money went into quality and that we only got a very modest rise for what we are doing now.'

So there you have it.

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