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Negotiators won't resign on No vote

GPC contract negotiators will not follow the lead of their consultant counterparts and resign if GPs reject the new contract.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said he and his negotiating team would only resign if they felt the profession had lost confidence in them.

He told Pulse: 'If there were better people to carry on that work then we would act accordingly.'

If negotiators felt GPs had lost faith in the Government or just the contract itself they would continue to offer their services, he added.

Former BMA consultants committee chair Dr Peter Hawker resigned immediately after hospital doctors rejected their contract in a ballot in

October.

If GPs vote No to the contract, the GPC will attempt to renegotiate with the Government before balloting GPs.

But Dr Chisholm warned the profession they would be 'foolish' to vote No in the hope of getting a better deal.

'GPs must not be in the mindset whereby they think if they say No they will get a better deal,' he said.

'If they say No perhaps they will not get a deal at all.'

Health Secretary Alan Milburn has refused to negotiate on the consultants' deal.

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