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Profiling of GPs will treat us like serial killers

So Baroness Young plans to have a 'profile' for all GP practices? And for GPs to provide 'quality accounts' to patients? Was that not what QOF results were for?

I always thought that profiling was something the police did to hunt down serial killers, and various secret service departments used to track terrorists.

Baroness Young's choice of words gives an interesting (but not surprising) glimpse into the mindset of those who intend to regulate and control us.

Out of the three partners in a surgery with a very young patient list, I am the one who looks after the residents of a nursing home with 60 beds, in which many of the very old and sick people die (I do all of their death certificates).

As we are going to be profiled now, I think I had better ditch the nursing home very soon, before my profile unmasks me as 'the Killer of Phoenix Surgery'.

It should not be a great financial loss either, as all those confused patients with Alzheimer's disease have been most unhelpful at filling in the Government's patient surveys.

From Dr Anke Lehmkuhl, Swindon

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