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GPs warned over No vote aftermath

GPs could be forced into PMS through the back door in the event of a No vote in the contract ballot, the GPC has warned.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the bulk of the new GMS contract would 'probably' be integrated into the PMS contract. The move would mean key areas such as the quality framework could go ahead in spite of GPs rejecting the overall deal.

He added: 'I suspect they will try to import the core of things in the new contract into PMS.'

Dr Meldrum refused to reveal the BMA's battle plan in advance of a possible No vote but said he would leave the question of whether GPs would resign from the NHS 'hanging in the air'.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said a No vote would not lead to negotiations being reopened. 'I think lots of practices would rather sadly and unwillingly go PMS.'

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