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Ballot on GP contract postponed

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:617
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    A ballot of GPs in the United Kingdom on whether they are prepared to accept a new contract that would overhaul payment for primary care services is to be delayed, after the revelation that many GPs could be worse off—not better off—as a result.

    The BMA formally announced the decision last Monday after a fraught weekend when it emerged that many association members would not earn any additional money, even if they fulfilled all the required quality performance targets.

    One GP, Dr Peter Swinyard, who runs a practice in west Swindon, which is largely social housing, stands to …

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