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Negotiators nearly quit after abuse

GP negotiators say vitriolic personal abuse from some GPs before the contract ballot nearly drove them to resign.

One GP told a chat forum on a website that 'violence would ensue' if he was in the same room as Scottish GPC co-chair Dr Mary Church after what she called a 'misinterpretation over IT'.

'I don't think they meant it literally but I was upset because of the nastiness,' she said. 'I have now had an apology. Quitting certainly crossed my mind a few times.'

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said there was a period after the Carr-Hill formula debacle when attacks were so venomous and spiteful he was tempted to quit. 'The moment I felt like not carrying on was when we got vicious personal abuse,' he said.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said he had considered walking out during negotiations. 'There were points where my principles were being challenged but we overcame the issues.'

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said he never considered quitting.

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