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'We've had league tables since 1980s'

Performance league tables of GPs in Northumberland have been published since the 1980s with no complaints, says LMC chair Dr Alan Dove.

He said the process started with immunisation figures and now GPs' performance against clinical governance quality markers are made public by Northumberland Care Trust.

The quality markers, which cover heart disease, prescribing and blood pressure monitoring, are also linked to incentive payments.

'They are available to any member of the public,' said Dr Dove, a GP in Cramlington. 'The press haven't thought them newsworthy.'

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