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GPs scrutinised more than any profession, says BMA

The current policy of scrutinising GP performance far more closely than that of other professionals should be reviewed as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to bring greater accountability in health and social care, the BMA has said.

GPs have a sense of apprehension about the way their performance is examined using mechanisms such as the patient experience survey, the BMA argues.

The BMA made its comments as part of a consultation on the Government’s draft health budget for 2016/17, which closed this week.

BMA Scotland’s written submission for the consultation says: ’We appreciate that the patient experience survey has existed for several years and that it is tempting to link it to the core suite of indicators, however GP practices appear to be the only service provider that is being singled out in this manner – and that is causing some apprehension.’

They added: ’We do not want to see GP practices being singled out because they are the only ones for which data exists.’

Readers' comments (6)

  • And they wonder why there is a massive recruitment and retention problem.......

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  • being penalised and criticised because people don't like what they are told, even when it is true...

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  • Once you pay for advice, the advice suddenly becomes "better".
    NHS overhaul needed.

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  • GP Patient Survey, NHS choices comments, Friends and Family & CQC. Might all this just be overdoing it a tadd???

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  • No it is not overdoing it as our dear leader would like to find more and more ways to demolish the system and he has only a few years to go before the next election. He needs this if he is going to get a directorship of BUPA in the future, with his cuz Virginia Bottomley.

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  • It is time for retaliation.. GP problems are primary due to undermanning
    Abolish cqc downgrade gmc and put the resources saved into primary care
    Time for action by bma against gmc for its gross ongoing failure .. Like cqc too... To deal with the institutionalised patient care failure due to gross undermanning and underfunding of primary care ..and if not industrial action

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