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Gutless GPC must stop The Flypaper Syndrome that is exploiting GPs

GPs are approaching a crucial time for out-of-hours care this autumn. Many trusts are set to go live with their new services in October and GPs are expecting good rates of pay. At the same time those who are giving up shifts are hoping the new services will avoid teething problems which will rebound on daytime work.

In some areas where trusts are offering lower rates, GPs are beginning to talk tough and refuse to work. And why shouldn't they, when the contract promised either an opt-out or a fair rate for the work?

PCTs are countering by variously using

moral blackmail and threats of delay to get GPs on the cheap. The prospect remains of an awkward stand-off and a test to see who will blink first.

What GPs need is information about what's going on elsewhere and guidance on how to stand up to bully-boy tactics. The BMA, as GPs' trade union, should be providing it.

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