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Independents' Day

Scotland, Ulster and Wales back Yes vote

GP representatives in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have delivered strong messages in support of the new GMS contract.

The Scottish GPC and Regional LMC Co-ordinating Committee in Northern Ireland recommended a Yes vote last week.

GPC Wales commended the deal last month.

Dr David Love, Scottish GPC joint-chair, said the committee felt it 'should show leadership'. It voted to support a motion that the contract is 'a solid and sound foundation' for the future of general practice and GPs should accept it.

He said the agreement to scrap the 150 quality penalty points for MPIG practices and to delink quality pay from the Carr-Hill formula had swung opinion.

Dr Brian Dunn, secretary of Northern LMC in Northern Ireland, said GPs in the province had 'secured resources far in excess of the funding possible had we not had local representation', through the contract talks.

GP negotiators in England have refused to commend the contract officially but have

argued for a Yes vote.

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