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Independents' Day

Negotiators fight off calls for resignation

GPC negotiators easily fought off motions calling for their resignation, despite strong criticism of their presentation of the contract from many LMCs.

Motions censuring the negotiators for the fiasco over the Carr-Hill formula and calling for them to consider resigning were both overwhelmingly defeated.

Dr John Grenville, secretary of Derbyshire LMC, said: 'We need a show of professional disunity at this moment like we need a hole in the head.'

The negotiating team still had to endure strong criticism from LMC representatives.

Dr Charles Simenoff, from Manchester LMC, said the negotiators had lost the battle on the two key issues for GPs.

'We asked the negotiators to negotiate the contract and negotiate rights for PMS doctors. It is with great regret that we feel the negotiators have failed on this,' he said.

Dr Paul Golik, from North Staffordshire LMC, said: 'Dr Chisholm ­ can we say thank you very much but now the time has come to go home and take a well-deserved rest and let someone else take over.'

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