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Negotiators must win the confidence stakes

The GPC negotiators are in a tight spot. Next month they face a vote of no-confidence at an emergency LMCs' conference. More and more parts of the contract are starting to unravel, quality

pay the latest to arouse the wrath of GPC members. Even health economist Professor Alan Maynard, traditional scourge of GPs, has come out in sympathy for the profession (see page 30). How dismaying is that? So what can they do to save the day?

The crucial task is to win back GPs' trust. Without this trust, whatever they pull out of

the hat at this late stage will be dismissed out

of hand.

Their first priority must be to reassure GPs that they are up to the job ­ hard-headed professionals who can slug it out with the Government and deliver the goods. GPs will take some convincing.

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