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It's never too late ­ refuse to sign your new contract

With less than a month to

D-day most of us still seem to lack our new contracts or even our indicative budgets. Judging by the draft contract this will be a long and complicated document.

Yet we are pressured into accepting it with minimal time to consider it properly under threat of not being able to provide enhanced services and, more beligerently, not being able to receive any monies towards our quality points. Those of our colleagues who have received their budgets seem to suggest the financial bonanza promised by the GPC amounts to a lot of extra work for relatively little gain.

Ayear ago the vast majority of GPs voted in favour of a contract, the funding and details for which were still not fully agreed. Two weeks prior to the vote the GPC published a letter trying to frighten us into thinking rejection could only mean anarchy.

Am I alone in thinking that if we could unite in sufficient numbers we would no longer have to run to the beck and call of Goverment control freakery and the platitiudes of its GPC lackeys? It is never too late. If we refuse to sign our contracts, refuse to co-operate, what will happen?

For the first six months we could operate under the default contract and prepare to privatise. Or perhaps we should all agree that on April 1, since the Red Book will be gone, we have no contract anymore ­ let us be free! Then truly we could contain our workloads and control our incomes.

The Red Book is dead! Long live privatisation?!

Dr Jonathan Bernstein

Wembley, London

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