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GPs can see the future all too clearly

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm last week predicted that 'as the mists of uncertainty clear' during the first year of new GMS, GPs will start to feel more confident about their lot.

His comments came in the wake of a monthly GPC meeting he admitted was dominated by 'doom and gloom' about the contract.

Dr Chisholm has no option but to be optimistic so early into the deal he negotiated.

But the mists he refers to are not so dense as to obscure GPs' view of the road ahead.

Cash for premises has been revealed as woefully inadequate. Clear signs are emerging that GPs' choice of practice computer system will be ended by the Government's national IT programme. And the end to sale of goodwill is ministers' first step towards making GPs compete with private firms for their livelihood.

The pessimism of many GPs is not because they cannot see what the future holds.

It is because they can.

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