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Doctors’ leaders condemn new “name and shame” GP appointment data

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2852 (Published 24 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2852
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Closer scrutiny of the performance of individual general practices in England has been made possible in the form of new published data on appointments, but the information is unhelpful, lacks nuance, and unfairly punishes doctors, leaders have said.

NHS Digital published its first set of Appointments in General Practice monthly data on 24 November.1 It contains data about appointments from August to October, including details of the type of healthcare professional carrying out the appointment, the mode of appointment, and the time between booking an appointment and the patient attending.

Crucially, data are available on GP appointments at individual practice level—something that the government is keen to provide, arguing that it will allow patients to make more informed choices …

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