Audit Commission's report was based on large samples and up to date data

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1548b (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1548
  1. R K Waite,
  2. J Cornwell
  1. Project manager Associate director Audit Commission, London SW1P 2PN

    EDITOR,—Kenneth Scott criticises the Audit Commission's recent report, What the Doctor Ordered, for relying on small sample sizes and out of date information.1 2 His comments are factually incorrect. The main information about the benefits for patients associated with fundholding derives from the largest survey of general practice fundholders yet carried out, with 1256 replies. The survey was carried out between November 1995 and January 1996 (not 1994–5 as Scott suggests). This makes the survey both more recent and …

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