Local doctors urged to make the grade

MORE doctors’ surgeries could soon follow a pilot scheme in London’s East End and be given score cards’ like school reports to see how well they do. They would be marked with As, Bs or Cs for their clinical services to patients or the way they are organised.

MORE doctors' surgeries could soon follow a pilot scheme in London's East End and be given 'score cards' like school reports to see how well they do.

They would be marked with As, Bs or Cs for their clinical services to patients or the way they are organised.

That's the idea put forward this week by primary care 'czar' Dr David Colin-Thorme who wants the 'report cards' published on the internet.

He is calling on Primary Care trusts which govern GP surgeries to put the 'score cards' on their websites as a way of showing how efficiently practices and clinics perform.


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The system would be based on a pilot run by Tower Hamlets Primary Care trust, which has already rated GP practices in the East End against 19 'indicators' which include access, A&E visits and clinical and cost-effectiveness of prescriptions.

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