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'Outsiders' have a hidden agenda with our contract

Most GPs are focusing on the new contract's financial implications, but there are

other issues I suspect many are unaware of.

I recently attended a workshop in East Anglia looking at the implications of the contract

and it appeared to be primarily aimed at primary care organisations and hospital personnel.

What struck me about the tone of the lectures and comments made was that there are many other agencies looking at the GP contract and they would appear to view it as an opportunity to influence the way in which GPs work.

While we GPs are concentrating on MPIG, enhanced services and so on, the PCOs, hospitals, pharmacists and others appear to be developing their own strategies for using the GP contract to their own advantage.

I have an uncomfortable feeling there are many different agendas to the contract that we as GPs do not appreciate and which will

not necessarily enhance our working conditions and, most importantly, the relationship with our patients.

Dr Ken Mathews

Norwich

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