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GP rating websites are open to abuse

The problem with GP rating sites is that they can be easily abused for GP-bashing purposes or revenge if the GP hasn't complied with prescription or sick note requests and the like.

Anybody could put any fantasy feedback on it, and nobody will check whether this patient has actually seen the GP in question.

And what of the views of the GP? Could the review be a result of non-clinical issues or prejudices? A foreign name does invite more frequent complaints for various reasons.

Feedback can sometimes be inappropriate as I have seen on many occasions with 360-degree feedback forms. For example, a doctor was criticised by a member of administrative staff for writing too much in the clinical notes because this made work more difficult for her!

Of course I think standards have to be maintained, but this is not the right way as it only reflects one side of the coin.

Dr Muzaffer Oezalp, Isle of Wight

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