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The GP pay freeze - your views

'This Government is spoiling for a fight'

‘A pay freeze would be disastrous for the development of general practice and is a real terms reduction in income.'
Dr Andrew Mimnagh, Sefton, Merseyside

‘I don't think boycotting is really a sensible way to go. The problem is you can spin any aspect to make us look like we're disadvantaging patients.'
Dr Paddy Feeney, Lancing, West Sussex

‘The Government is spoiling for a fight with the profession and while it thinks it holds a couple of picture cards if GPs withdraw their labour, neither the Government nor APMS would be able to pick up the baton.'
Dr Gurmit Mahay, Wolverhampton

‘The only option is to ballot on industrial action. I think other measures would be spun against us. If we're going to be spun against, we have to take more drastic action.'
Dr Simon Bradley, Bristol

‘It's not a pay freeze, it's a pay cut. It's grossly unfair and iniquitous. There has got to come a point where we say enough is enough. Otherwise, where do we go next?
Dr George Rae, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside

‘We have to tread carefully. We shouldn't give the Government and PCTs the opportunity of saying we've breached our contract and so they're removing it from us.'
Dr John Canning, Middlesbrough

‘The message GPs will receive is that the Government is undervaluing them and just wants to run them down. GPs will not go for something that they perceive to harm patients.'
Dr Brian Balmer, secretary of Essex LMCs

‘I'm not sure that instigating a boycott would help. My feeling is that if you withdraw from negotiations, you're handing the Government what they want on a plate.'
Dr John Rawlinson, Ascot, Berkshire

Dr Andrew Mimnagh: 'A pay freeze would be disastrous for the development of general practice' Dr Andrew Mimnagh: 'A pay freeze would be disastrous for the development of general practice'

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