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We must vote No as this contract is not watertight

The new contract will not be worth the paper it is written on. Our negotiators' time and energy, all of our careful consideration of the detail of the contract and approval of its content will be wasted. If this contract as it stands is offered to the profession we should overwhelmingly reject it.

Why? Because that new contract can be changed, root and branch, at the whim of ministers.

All that will be required to change our negotiators' hard-won concessions will be three months' 'consultation', and we all know that governments use 'consultation' as a fig leaf to cover the naked imposition of their will.

Currently our contract can only undergo fundamental change by negotiation, going back to parliament or when change is required at a time of national emergency.

If we say Yes to this new contract as it stands now, our terms of service in the future are more likely to be changed at some Islington dinner party than with the agreement of GPs.

Dr Simon Bradley



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