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Don't get into dispute about partner pulling their weight

I wonder if those obsessed by the imminence of major partnership disputes as a result of the pressures of nGMS (News, May 24) have lost sight of the principles underlying partnerships.

A partnership exists so its members may benefit from the collective added value of such an association. Each partner will bring their own strengths and weaknesses to the whole and these are not aligned with nor easily evaluated by an externally derived and arbitrary set of criteria – the quality and outcomes framework.

It would be a serious miscalculation if partnerships were deluded into believing that lesser achievement as measured by the Q&O criteria indicated that a particular partner was not 'pulling their weight'.

I hope colleagues are more perceptive than this and will give the lie to these prophets of doom.

We have, after all, seen all this before

in 1990.

Dr Michael Blackmore



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