GP league tables are too simple and should not be used, says BMA

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 08 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6742
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

GPs’ performance should not be compared in league tables because these would not properly reflect the quality of care provided, the BMA has said.

The BMA was responding to a consultation launched by NHS England in August on how general practice should develop,1 part of its wider 10 year strategy to transform the NHS.

It said that league tables created from primary care data “generally focus on overly simplistic figures” that would “fail to reflect the complexities of general practice” and should be avoided.2

The NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is currently developing a rating system for primary care.3 Though the BMA has warned the commission of its concerns, it has acknowledged that the ratings could benefit patients. It said that it “would like to work with CQC and NHS England to try …

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