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Independents' Day

GPs can go their own way over reporting mistakes

The MDU adviser on the necessity of reporting mistakes (Answerback, October 28) confuses the need for a reporting system per se with the need for one that reports to the PCO.

Nothing she quoted to support her view dictates such schemes need be run by a PCO, and many practices operate in-house schemes which efficiently meet the good practice standards.

Being self-owned and locally based they are far more likely to influence future behaviour than imposed schemes.

GPs are governed not by edicts from PCOs but by the pertinent regulations as laid down by the Government, and until these change they remain free to act within acceptable professional standards in a way that suits them.

Dr Andrew Green

East Yorkshire LMC chair

Hedon, East Yorkshire

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