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Website will give patients the chance to rate practices

A Government website to launch this summer will give patients the chance to review their practice and post comments on GPs' performance.

The 'super-site' announced by Health Secretary Patricia

Hewitt will also contain QOF and patient survey data.

Its aim is to stimulate

patients into actively choosing between practices.

Details on the roll-out were sketchy, but the site – which still does not have a name – will initially contain information to help patients work out their health risks and a discussion group.

It will be eventually be

expanded to cover hospitals,

independent sector treatment

centres, GPs and dentists.

Dr Hamish Meldrum,

GPC chair, said the plan was 'gimmicky, superficial and rather typical of this Government's policy'.

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