GPs lack alternative to the DoH-imposed contract

The early signs are that the profession could cave in to 'bullying' and accept the government’s extended hours ultimatum – because they see no alternative.

Dr Fay Wilson
Dr Fay Wilson

Only a small minority of GPs are saying a positive yes to offering longer opening as defined by the DoH in return for a 1.5 per cent pay rise.

But the bulk of the profession could be dragged along by inertia.

More than four out of five of 300 Leeds GPs abstained when asked for a show of hands for the government's offer. The only yes votes were to accept the government's offer.

‘Most of the meeting appeared to have been a capitulation to the PCT and their bullying paymasters,' said Dr Alistair Cameron, Robin Lane Medical Centre, Pudsey.

Dr Katie Gaunt, a GP in Beeston, Leeds, said: ‘The general feeling was one of acceptance of what's happening.'

GPC negotiators are giving GPs no guidance on how to vote. But individual GPC members are making their feelings plain. GPC veteran Dr Fay Wilson says the profession should vote no.

‘If we vote yes, we have lost the ability to negotiate further.'

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