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PCOs urged not to 'crawl over' GP data

The NHS Confederation has pleaded with primary care organisations not to 'crawl all over' GPs when checking their performance under the new contract, writes Nerys Hairon.

The call came as GPs expressed grave doubts about promised cuts in red tape and the supposed 'high trust' monitoring regime.

LMCs predicted an increase in workload for GPs unless they pay for extra staff to input data for the quality and outcomes framework.

NHS Confederation lead negotiator Mike Farrar told a conference of trust managers they had to trust GPs to provide accurate data. 'The high trust is critical. A lot of GPs are bothered that PCOs will start crawling all over them. This is not about you proving every single point on every single indicator.'

GPs' jobs would be on the line if they 'fiddled records' to improve their score on the framework, he added.

Dr Dean Marshall, medical secretary of Lothian LMC, said providing the data payments would create a 'significant administrative workload'.

'We will have to employ staff and it depends on whether the global sum reflects that,' he said. 'We will need to input data and the global sum does need to take account of that.'

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said GPs would pocket twice as much in reward payments for improving quality as they would have to spend in order to do the work.

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