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Singlehanded GPs worry over future as pay gap grows

The GPC is to disregard a key LMC conference vote and will not issue 'unequivocal guidance' on what constitutes essential GP services.

Negotiators said defining GPs' core work was too

subjective and policies varied massively between individual practices.

GPs at the conference in June demanded the guidance to stop primary care organisations from trying to push practices into providing essential services for free.

GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the GPC would continue to liaise with LMCs to produce as 'national terms as possible' on major areas of dispute. 'I don't think there's ever going to be a situation that we can produce a document,' he said.

GPC deputy-chair Dr Laurence Buckman said it would be hard to find even a pair of GPs who agreed on what was essential.

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