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'No vote will mean NHS armageddon'

GPs could be voting for 'armageddon' if they reject the new contract, GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman has told GPs in Northern Ireland.

Dr Buckman said they should think seriously about whether they will have to leave the NHS if they vote No.

'There's no point voting No if you think it gets us back to the table with greater strength. That won't happen,' he said.

'You may decide Armageddon is better than the deal on the table, but that's what a No vote means ­ a complete rethink of where we are in the NHS.'

Dr Buckman told Pulse 'smashing up general practice carried a special responsibility'.

He added: 'If it does scare people it's not meant to. I'm not scared about voting No, and it would be a cataclysm in the real sense of the word,

but it might be preferable.'

GPs' questions at the Templepatrick roadshow focused on how the global sum would work.

Dr Mark McClean, a GP in Shankill, Belfast, asked if morbidity statistics were a worthy substitute for deprivation pay.

Dr Robert Crawford, a GP in Belfast, queried whether GPs were expected to spend their global sum in particular ways.

Dr Buckman replied that standardised morbidity was an accurate reflection of a population's sickness, and there were 'no strings attached' to spending the global sum.

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