Conservative party pledges to scrap performance targets

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 25 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:177
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The Conservative party says it will scrap much of the Whitehall red tape in primary care and hand responsibility to GPs for their own budgets—and for deciding where patients should be sent for treatment.

    Speaking this week, the party's leader, David Cameron, said they intended to replace nationally set targets, such as paying GPs based on the number of patients they treat for high blood pressure, with objectives that measure the overall benefit of treatments to the individual patient.

    “We won't just concentrate on the money going in but on what comes out as well,” said Mr Cameron. “We want to raise health outcomes to exceed the European average. Outcomes like the survival rate for cancer, strokes, and heart attacks. These are the real measures of good health care.”

    He …

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