If the GPC is past its sell-by date, with what would you replace it (‘Majority of GPs back commissioning boycott as “outmanoeuvred” GPC blamed in contract row’)? The committee will act as our sole negotiating body in England, where we have a single authority holding our contracts (from April). We underestimate the GPC’s negotiators and what they do behind the scenes to prevent all sorts of foulness and calumny being visited upon us. I am always interested in a fair debate on our representation, but blaming the messenger for the message is not helpful.
From Dr Peter Swinyard, chair, Family Doctor Association