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Two weeks to get the new contract right? A likely tale!

Our negotiators have taken 18 months to formulate the new contract, which in itself is fairly acceptable.

Since the contract was launched, there has been a series of monumental cock-ups that have made the whole thing incomprehensible. I do not know of any GP who is happy with it. The fiasco has added significantly to the despair that most of us are already feeling.

There was a brief ray of hope that we might have a further six months' breathing space to get it right, but our negotiators in their unseemly haste to get it sewn up tell us that they will now get it right in the next two weeks. A likely tale!

They are dancing to the tune played by the minister and his cronies in the NHS Confederation. Do they not hear the clamour from the folk they purport to represent to change the tune? Have they not taken account of the cries for a different sort of music?

We were promised to have an alternative to the contract unveiled. We have not seen sight or sound of this.

I for one feel our negotiators have been hoodwinked, hijacked and are now blindfolded and deaf. They choose to remain this way in their misguided attempts to salvage something from the rotten mess they have produced. The whole contract is severely and terminally diseased. It needs to be cut out and discarded like the vicious malignant cancer that it is. Heed the words of Dr Fay Wilson [who backed the successful motion at the special conference for a delay] and start again.

Dr Dermot Ryan


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