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GPs see little hope in contract

GPs have lost all confidence that the new contract will improve their lot, a Pulse survey shows.

Eight out of 10 GPs are convinced the contract will fail to deliver on workload when it is published next week.

More than half the respondents who plan to vote Yes do not expect the fully priced contract to improve workload and pay.

Most said they only wanted to vote Yes because it was a chance to jettison the Red Book and 24-hour responsibility. One respondent said: 'I would vote for anything other than the status quo'.

Our survey of nearly 500 GPs found the profession evenly split between would-be Yes and No voters. Nine out of 10 said they would consider rejecting the contract if the GPC failed to secure a satisfactory pensions deal.

Although not questioned specifically about the GPC, many GPs took the opportunity to vent their anger at the way it handled negotiations.

Manchester GP Dr Joseph Borg Constanzi said the negotiators were 'spineless' while Dr David Law, a GP in Torquay, Devon, blamed the workload crisis on years of 'poor representation by the GPC'.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd said he sympathised with grass-roots GPs' jitters but urged them to reserve judgment until they had seen the full document.

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