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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.’