BMA consults GMC about cash incentives to GPs to cut patient careBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6445 (Published 25 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6445
- Caroline White
Doctors’ leaders have approached the General Medical Council to see whether it would be prepared to bring pressure to bear on GPs who continue to pare back elements of patient care in return for financial reward.
Some of the outgoing primary care trusts had set targets for GPs to cut back on expensive items, such as some referrals or prescribing, and had rewarded doctors who reached them, in a bid to reduce spending.
The tactic, which included the quality premium—a cash bonus for commissioning performance—attracted widespread condemnation from …