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Keep in control now GPs are in the driving seat

The Government has reacted to the consultants' rejection of their new contract by saying this will not be allowed to prevent the NHS being modernised. GPs will sympathise with the consultants, since they too are suffering from change fatigue and over-management.

GPC negotiators should find their hand strengthened as the Government tries to avoid a second rejection. Nevertheless, the question arises whether a slightly improved contract will be sufficiently acceptable to GPs for them to vote for it.

Above all, GPs want a new contract which gives them more control over their workload and an end to over-regulation and increased bureaucracy. The GPC says that the new contract will give control back to GPs and diminish Government interference. If GPs judge that it will achieve this then, provided the price is right, they may just vote for it.

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