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Independents' Day

When is the new contract really going to deliver?

GPs are patient people, but their patience is being tested to the limit when it comes to the new contract and pay. Promised a 46 per cent average pay rise in the first three years of the contract, they were warned by accountants that practice expenses would massively reduce this figure.

The GPC has now rejected the accountants' claims. It insists careful analysis shows practice expenses can be controlled and GPs will indeed enjoy a substantial pay rise.

We'll believe it when we see it. So far not much has happened in the way of promised funds reaching their promised destination. There are doubts about IT and enhanced services money coming through, and GPs face delays over quality preparation money. And what is so depressing is that GPs once again are being told to sweat it out and have faith. It has been the story of the contract all along.

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