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eGFR report chaos

Thousands of GPs across the UK are still not receiving eGFR

reports, despite reassurances from the GPC and promises from the Government.

A Pulse snap survey of LMCs found more than a third were still experiencing problems – six months after the 1 April deadline for universal provision.

The results throw doubt on the negotiating process that led to the new chronic kidney disease indicators, which the GPC only agreed after receiving assurances on eGFR.

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC deputy chair, said: 'There are ways of calculating it but we do not want people to do that – the agreement is it should be provided. We've been annoyed ever since 1 April. I'm still annoyed.'

Pulse's survey reveals widespread chaos over introduction of eGFRs. Some labs are refusing to provide them until funding is provided, whereas in other areas GPs began to receive them – only for the service to stop.

Dr Steven Martin, consultant chemical pathologist at West Suffolk and Addenbrooke's Hospitals, warned: 'We are not providing them until the PCT comes up with the money. So hell will probably freeze over first.'

Of 20 LMC reps who responded to the survey, seven were aware of problems in their area.

Dr David Roberts, chair of Dyfed Powys LMC, said: 'It's a bad reflection on the organisation of the contract.'

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