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Why I have voted ‘yes’ to the proposed Scottish contract


Sorry but a no vote means telling YOUR trade union reps they have not done a good enough job. It's not a trade union's job to produce a deal with which a significant proportion of members (both rural and Deep End) disagree with profoundly. A no vote will tell the BMA they need to come up with something better. And, as Miles says, £250 million is NOT going directly to practices. Past experience tells me that whenever health boards get more money for "primary care" very little filters through to practices. With health and social care integration I think we will be even less likely to see our fair share of the "new money. In what way is the contract a mess? It puts almost every rural practice (and many Deep End) on income support which is in its own way a destabilising influence. It fails to redistribute in favour of Deep End deprivation and inequality. It does not recognise rural deprivation at all or the significant extra level of responsibility taken on by rural GPs. It does nothing to support, enhance or promote fragile rural practice. I could go on but there's already enough ammunition reasons in these paragraphs above to vote no. It's a proverbial curate's egg and I for one don't want something that's "good in parts"

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05 Jan 2018

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