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Quality targets 'will tempt GPs to cheat'

GPs will be tempted to leave patients with chronic illnesses undiagnosed to reduce the workload involved in hitting quality targets, warn GP

academics.

Dr Robert McKinley, senior lecturer in general practice at the University of Leicester, said the framework offered a 'wonderful opportunity for gaming'.

He added: 'If I assemble a diabetes register showing just 0.1 per cent of my patients are diabetic rather than the 4 per cent I have, it is a wonderful opportunity to drive a coach and horses through the quality framework. It is a disincentive to diagnose.'

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said 'outlying' practices would come

under scrutiny. He hoped the new resources available would give GPs an incentive to

diagnose.

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