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Primary care datasets will replace “rumours” about GPs’ performance

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4415
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

Government plans to publish the clinical performance and prescribing habits of GPs in England face a critical reception from professional bodies. Comparative clinical outcomes and data on general practices’ prescribing are among six datasets from the NHS to be made public from December 2011 under an initiative to make public services more transparent.

Bruce Keogh, the NHS’s medical director, said last week that publishing the data would allow patients to evaluate their local doctors objectively. “Rumour and word of mouth are no longer good enough,” he said.

Reaction was mixed. The BMA warned against creating “simplistic league tables,” while the Royal College of General Practitioners said that GPs …

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