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Gold, incentives and meh

Another move to wipe us all out

From Dr Anita Sharma, Oldham

Your article about the critical examination of our prescribing and disease prevalence data to single out poor or excessive prescribers is causing a bit of anxiety (News, 16 February).

As good clinicians we will be able to justify our prescibing. Every practice is different, every practice population is different and every practice has a different chronic disease population. Most of us will pass that scrutiny.

Now comes the hardest bit, which most of us will fail. The GMC has commissioned CFEP-UK surveys to evaluate the use of patient and colleague questionnaires as a means of assessing a doctor's fitness to practise.

Asking patients to evaluate our fitness to practise is beyond belief. Just think of those patients to whom we refuse to give antibiotics, rubbing creams, moisurising creams, nit lotions, paracetamol, and weight-loss drugs.

These customers think we are not good enough clinicians because we did not meet their expectations.

Who will examine the reliability and validity of these questionnaires?

The GMC is another bunch of people who want to wipe out the primary care physician.

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