Extended hours poll questions revealed

GPs voting to accept the DoH's extended hours contract offer will also be given the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with both deals.

The BMA will start to send its poll of opinion to every GP in the UK from today. Polling closes 29 February.

GPs will be asked whether the profession should accept or reject the current offer in their region.

Further questions will poll opinion on the government's method of negotiation and how damaging the changes will be for general practice. GPs have not, however, been asked about what action the profession should take in the event of both options being rejected.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman appealed for a high turn out and urged GPs not to abstain or spoil their paper, as this would effectively be a vote for option B, the imposition.


Key questions
1. Having read the accompanying information, and as you do have to choose between the two options presented here, which of them do you select?
  • Option A
  • Option B
2. Which of the following best describes how you feel about the option you have selected?
  • I am opposed to both options but have selected this because it was the less worse of the two
  • I have selected this because it has my full support
3. Do you believe the government's method of negotiation is acceptable or not?
  • Is acceptable
  • Not acceptable
4. Do you believe the direction of government policy (in England) to expand private commercial provision of NHS general practice will be:
  • Detrimental to patients and the service as a whole?
  • Beneficial to patients and the service as a whole?
  • Neither beneficial nor detrimental to patients and the service as a whole?

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