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Too late now for doubts about contract

Most GPs will sign their new GMS contracts in time for April 1 feeling they have a gun pointed at their heads. Many practices are still uncertain about crucial budget figures or cannot see clearly how the figures they do have were calculated.

Some elements of the practice budget – for example, GPs' own employer's superannuation contributions – have not been fully included in it. Once again the contract will require a leap of faith from GPs to believe that all loose ends will be tied up later. The default contract will delay payment of new money and for most GPs will not be a realistic option.

Given how far GPs are now down the new contract road they have little option, whatever their misgivings, but to follow GPC advice – sign now and sort out the details later.

A saying that springs to mind is: 'Having swallowed the camel there is little point in straining at the gnat'.

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