Two GPs in contract storm defend U-turn over delay
The two GPs who won LMCs' backing for a six-month delay to overhaul the contract have defended their decision 24 hours later to support negotiators' plea to cut the hiatus to just two weeks.
GPC members Dr Fay Wilson and Dr Gillian Braunold both voted to give negotiators a fortnight to win concessions on a speedy move to using GPs' registered lists and practice disease prevalence to weight quality payments. But they warned they may force a vote on a longer delay at this week's crunch GPC meeting if they are dissatisfied with the results of further negotiations.
Dr Braunold, a GP in Kilburn, north London, denied they performed a U-turn after being warned the legislative timetable meant a long delay would scupper the entire deal.
She said the so-called 'third way' motion backed by LMCs had given GP negotiators 'extra bargaining power' and insisted the decision had not been overturned by the GPC.
'We have not said we are going to say Yes to an early ballot. If we had not had our pressure group we would not have got half the concessions they will gain in the next few days.'
Dr Braunold and Dr Wilson had called for a guarantee that the Carr-Hill formula would be reworked, an end to the link between quality payments and the formula, and scrapping of the minimum practice income guarantee.
Dr Wilson, a GP in Birmingham, said it would have been 'unreasonable' not to let negotiators try to win concessions within the two weeks: 'They may make a sufficient start to reassure GPs the rest can be done.'