BMA lawyers positive on patient survey appeals

BMA lawyers believe there is a legal basis for appeals against patient surveys, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman told the LMCs conference.

Dr Buckman said the survey was 'rubbish' and a 'waste of money' and called for it to be scrapped. The GPC has complained to NHS Employers about the survey, its conduct and its statistical validity, he said.

Dr Buckman advised practices to launch a QOF appeal with their PCT if they are concerned about the results. 'I imagine the DoH would be very perturbed by 8,000 appeals,' he said.

Delegates backed a motion condemning the national survey. But they also backed patient questionnaires as 'positive tools' if used with statistical rigour.

Dr Peter Swinyard, of Wiltshire LMC, said 23 of his patients replied to the DoH survey, but 500 completed a practice poll. Patients told him they did not complete the DoH survey because they had no complaints.

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