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Missing details mean GPs still can't decide

GPs are turning out in their thousands to hear GPC negotiators explain the new contract at roadshows before casting their vote. The atmosphere at some has been questioning but subdued. At others the mood has been heated. But the overwhelming feeling among the GPs crowding the aisles has been frustration. When are they going to see a fully-priced contract?

The answer is, far later than they should have.

Many questions remain to be answered, but one aspect is clear ­ the Carr-Hill formula, which will determine notional list size, is absolutely fundamental. Yet practices will only start receiving their figure from the BMA this week. Until they have this information, GPs cannot work out whether they are winners or losers.

Whatever the merits of this contract, the GPC has wasted many GPs' time with its delay in giving practices this crucial information.

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