GPs may miss out on access DES pay
GPs may miss out on income from the new access directed enhanced service because thresholds for patient survey results have been set too high, GPC negotiators have admitted.
Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said it was 'an open
secret' that they would have liked the thresholds to be set lower.
He said: 'They're too high, but we were always going to want lower thresholds and the Government were always going to want higher thresholds.'
On 48-hour access, GPs have to score at least 50 per cent satisfaction to get anything and more than 90 per cent to get the maximum award.
Dr Meldrum said there were fears that patients who had
had more negative experiences would be more likely to fill
in the forms and predicted results from the new patient
surveys on access would
differ markedly from previous exercises.
No details of which patients take part in the surveys will be available to GPs.
Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC deputy chair, said: 'There's a great concern that if that is
not done, there's the potential for all sorts of breaches of patient confidentiality and that's something that we and NHS Employers are committed to not doing.'