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Independents' Day

Tsar backs contract to push up standards

Primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thome is encouraging GPs to vote Yes in the contract ballot because he believes it will drive up quality standards.

Dr Colin-Thome, a GP in Runcorn, Cheshire, endorsed the contract at the Primary Care 2003 conference in Birmingham earlier this month, saying: 'The big drive to help delivery of chronic disease management would be a Yes vote on the contract. I am going to vote Yes.'

He said the national service frameworks gave GPs clear clinical priorities for the first time and the quality section of the contract would help them focus on key conditions.

The fiasco over the Carr-Hill formula had occurred because GPs had been given the wrong information, he added, and he was confident GPs would receive a massive rise in resources and pay over the next three years if the contract went ahead.

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