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Independents' Day

GPs unable to cast their vote

The Electoral Reform Society has said it has received a number of calls from GPs who have been left unable to vote in the contract ballot because of problems getting the correct papers.

A spokesman for the society said GPs' complaints had ranged from not receiving a ballot paper to receiving two papers or someone else's.

He refused to reveal how may GPs had called the society's ballot helpline.

Several GPs have called Pulse with similar complaints.

Dr Thomas Bostock, a GP in Hampstead, north London, said he was a fully paid-up member of the BMA and had received previous information from the association, but still had not received his ballot

paper. He said: 'Like many who have not receive their ballot paper, I have only five working days to get it in.'

GPs also need the ballot

paper to be able to vote

via the internet or telephone hotline.

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