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LMCs demand unveiling of 'plan B' alternatives

GPs will get to see the alternatives to the proposed contract after LMC representatives defied the GPC and instructed negotiators to reveal their 'plan B'.

LMCs said the special conference had to give the negotiators 'a clear mandate that we want to see alternatives'.

But they also backed motions that a non-NHS alternative to the new contract was 'completely unfeasible'.

Negotiators have stubbornly refused to lift the veil on the non-NHS alternatives unless there is a No vote.

Urging LMC representatives to vote against the motion, GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said GPs had stated in the 2001 National Survey of GP Opinion that they wanted general practice to remain in the NHS.

He said: 'Throughout these negotiations we have explain-ed that the task we have been charged with is to complete a new NHS contract.'

He added that the alternatives were a series of 'plan Bs' rather than single option.

LMCs also agreed that the publication of the alternatives must include full legal and technical information.

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