Quality premium must be removed from Bill

The government must remove plans to hand consortia performance-related bonus from the Health Bill, the GPC has said.

Dr Buckman: ‘GPs are worried that their patients’ trust in them may be damaged unless there are transparent processes in place to ensure decisions are being made in their best interests'
Dr Buckman: ‘GPs are worried that their patients’ trust in them may be damaged unless there are transparent processes in place to ensure decisions are being made in their best interests'

In a guidance document for shadow consortia on how to ensure transparency, the GPC said rewarding consortia for performing well financially could undermine patient trust in the profession.

It warned that conflict of interest may develop where GPs make decisions regarding patient care to influence the ‘quality premium’ they receive through their consortium.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said linking GP earnings to their consortium’s financial managements would be ‘completely unethical’, particularly when the NHS is under pressure to reduce budgets.

He said: ‘GPs are worried that their patients’ trust in them may be damaged unless there are transparent processes in place to ensure confidence that commissioning decisions are being made in patients’ best interests.

'We want the government to remove the proposal to give consortia performance-related bonuses from the Health Bill. We strongly urge the government to listen to and act upon our concerns.’

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