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Renegotiation in five years? A farce!

Great....so we vote Yes and then renegotiate ('Contract could be rewritten in five years' ­ March 17). What an utter farce.

Why should any negotiations be better the next time round?

This Government has our gentlemen negotiators by the short and curlies and we will pay the penalty.

The new contract is totally Byzantine in its set-up, and in many ways is a lot more complicated than the Red Book, which I understood was going to be consigned to the bin as a relic of the bad old days.

The outcome of this mess is that GPs will now be very angry with our negotiators and will have lost whatever confidence there was in them in the first place.

Where have the promised pension improvements got to? Nowhere? Oh, OK then, that is fine, we will just shut up and go home ­ or will we? Unless vast improvements are ironed out before the next vote, I suspect many postwar baby boomers like myself will not be in post to vote the next time round.

Dr Peter Kyle

Wantage, Oxon

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