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Use the Human Rights laws to withdraw your labour

Throughout the last year I have steadfastly supported the GPC in its attempt to negotiate a new contract for GPs.

However, the GPC's latest pronouncement ­ that it will try to renegotiate the new contract with the Government if GPs reject the deal ­ is simply unacceptable. If the contract is rejected there should be no further negotiations and a resignation vote should follow immediately.

My personal feeling is that we shouldn't just 'do a dentist' and resign from the NHS. Rather, we should inform the Government of a date (say April 1, 2003) after which we will simply stop being GPs.

The European Convention on Human Rights enshrines the right of all workers to withdraw their labour. Why should that right not apply to us?

Dr Stephen McCabe

Portree, Isle of skye

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