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GPs who miss access targets face 'shaming'

GPs could be 'named and shamed' for failing to meet access targets and for having excessive referral rates under primary care trust plans, an LMC has warned.

Wessex LMCs has received inquiries from GPs concerned their PCT is planning to present data on their practices in public meetings.

The LMC has warned the unnamed trust it must seek explicit consent from each practice before sharing data with the public or it will be in breach of the Data Protection Act.

Dr Christine Dewbury, medical secretary at Wessex LMC, said practices that gave consent but had poor access rates and high referrals risked being vilified in local media because raw data would not reveal extenuating circumstan-ces. Practices that refused consent could be identified by default and viewed as having 'something to hide'.

Dr Dewbury said: 'I don't believe such information should be released under either the Freedom of Information or Data Protection Acts.

'This information might be commercially sensitive, and counter-productive, because practices with high referral rates might be attractive to

patients.'

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