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Patients need performance ratings for GPs

Practice performance ratings should be made more widely available to patients to improve access to GP services, says the NHS Confederation.

In a briefing on improving access to primary care, the Confederation said providing patients with more information about GPs performance would allow them to make more informed choices about their healthcare.

The Confederation said the suggestions on ratings were not specifically linked to the RCGP's controversial plans for practice accreditation, but said they would ‘take into account and build on existing systems at a local and national level.'

The briefing also suggested widening the use of online booking, and extending provision of telephone consultations, and called for more competition in the primary care market via the APMS contractual route.

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