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Now's the time for uniting over new contract – not in-fighting

It would be easy for GPs attending the LMC conference to use the platform to lay into the GPC negotiators over the various problems with the contract.

They will certainly have plenty of opportunity over two days of debate dominated by the deal, and including a predictable and tiresome call for the negotiators to resign.

But such an attack would be a waste of GPs' energies and self-defeating.

Even ardent critics of the contract realise the negotiators fought to get the best deal possible.

As GPs have found in negotiations with their PCOs over enhanced services, you can have the best case in the world but those who hold the purse strings hold the power.

There are undoubted flaws in the contract and some worrying threats are emerging. But it is here to stay and it also presents GPs with many opportunities.

At this stage, GPs are best served by maintaining a strong, united front against PCOs and the Government.

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