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GPs still wait for crucial detail

GPs remain in the dark about their future after the GPC failed to meet its deadline to deliver the new contract.

In a chaotic climax to 18 months of talks, the GPC

offered only a bare outline of the deal last week.

Negotiators blamed the delay on a last-ditch intervention by Downing Street and the Department of Health. The BMA said the full contract, which has been signed off by ministers, would now be released tomorrow.

Details revealed so far show negotiators have failed to win their battle for a major rise in GP pensions, a crunch issue.

Forced allocations also remain. Trusts will be able to reject a GP's application to close their list.

Out-of-hours is priced at £6,000, a decision expected to bring mass opt-outs.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm admitted that the contract would not live up to the expectation of some GPs.

'The Government was not willing to listen to our arguments on some issues, even those we pushed as hard as possible,' he said.

The GPC has reiterated it will not recommend the contract to GPs but will only explain what it will mean. 'They have to look at the deal and ask themselves is it going to be better for me, my practice and my patients,' Dr Chisholm said.

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