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GPs voting en masse for Government contract proposal

By Gareth Iacobucci

Any prospect that GPs might reject the Government's contract offer looks to be over after a Pulse exit poll revealed that an overwhelming majority are set to accept option A in the BMA vote.

Although the BMA poll does not officially close until Friday, 84% of GPs in Pulse's survey said they had already voted to accept the Government's offer, although 93% said they were opposed to both options but had selected this because it was the ‘less worse of the two'.

An overwhelming 96% of respondents thought the Government's approach to negotiations was unacceptable. Almost 90% felt the direction of Government policy in England to expand private provision of NHS general practice would be detrimental to patients and the service as a whole.

Out of the 100 GPs who responded to the snap poll, 99 said they were either ‘not very confident' or ‘not at all confident' in the Government's handling of the NHS.

Dr Craig Wakeham, secretary of Dorset LMC, said he had reluctantly voted for option A, but that he was against both options.

‘How many turkeys would vote for Christmas?' Dr Wakeham added.

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