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GPs brand LMC roadshows 'futile' without pay details

GPs gave GPC negotiators a rough ride in the first round of contract roadshows over the delay in giving them crucial pricing information.

After the first meeting in Bolton, GPs told Pulse the event had been futile because they did not know how their income would be affected by the contract.

GPs will only start receiving their notional patient list sizes this week when 22 of the 60 roadshows have been completed.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd opened the Bolton meeting by apologising to the 500 GPs present for only giving them the final contract document less than an hour beforehand.

During the presentation GPs laughed as the negotiators explained the Carr-Hill allocation formulas for notional list size.

Dr Winston Forman, a GP in Salford, Greater Manchester, said he felt like a member of the 'silly-buggers association'.

'I found that presentation incomprehensible,' he added.

GPs at the meeting applauded when Dr Forman asked if they felt the same way.

Dr Jeff Moysey, a GP in Hyde, Greater Manchester, blamed the Government for the 'chaotic publication' of the contract, but asked the negotiators why they were not commending it to GPs.

Dr Fradd replied that so much in the contract depended on an individual practice's configuration that it was up to GPs to decide for themselves.

More than 700 GPs attended the first roadshows in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Dr Ian McMaster, a GP in Coleraine, said he was willing to vote No without waiting for his global sum because the pensions deal was not good enough.

Nobody is going to vote for something that is good for patients, but is not good for their pocket~

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