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Negotiators refuse to 'sell' new contract

GPC negotiators will not publicly back the new contract

after privately admitting dis-appointment with key parts of the deal.

During forthcoming roadshows, negotiators will simply 'explain' the document rather than 'sell' it to the profession.

GPC sources said GP negotiators were unhappy with the deal on allocations and pensions and therefore did not wish to commend it to the profession.

Government handling of the last crucial days of negotiations had made the GPC more determined than ever to remain neutral, the source said.

GP negotiators are keen to avoid the fate of their consultant colleagues who had to resign after failing to sell their new contract to consultants.

Dr Brian Balmer, chief

exectutive of Essex LMCs, said: 'The Government treated our negotiators with utter contempt. I'm amazed they managed to control their anger. They're doing nothing to improve GP attachment to the NHS.'

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