The GPC has been told in no uncertain terms that if GPs don't accept the DoH proposals the contract will be forced on us.
Imposing a contract on GPs sends a very negative message about how little the prime minister values them.
Here we have a group of doctors who are dedicated to helping patients; who have hit 95 per cent of their quality targets; whose patient satisfaction is high according to the government's own survey (the £11 million survey that showed 84 per cent were happy with current opening hours); and who have been willing to negotiate to provide extended hours.
We have also come up with a proposal for providing extended access to GPs, yet this is how badly the government treats us. It's a disgrace.
GPs are willing to do extended hours if practices are sufficiently resourced and we have come up with a proposal which we think will provide extended hours without needing any extra money. Crucially, the implementation will also be flexible - a practice in a rural area has very different needs to one in a deprived urban area.
The government's proposal doesn't allow that flexibility because Gordon Brown has tied himself to a political target that would see GPs open from 8am-8pm. There is little understanding of how surgeries are run and how much practices vary.
Family medicine is not like any other high-street business, and it is not as simple as just bringing in any other doctor to work longer hours - patients value continuity of care. Seeing a doctor forced to work long into the evening could mean they are seeing a tired doctor, which is not good for patients.
The government's treatment of GPs will deter young doctors from entering the profession, and we still have a shortage of family doctors.
The prime minister's obsession with targets is very short sighted.
Dr Kailash Chand, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.