Editorial: Have your say on the quality of PCT managers

Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of bodies dreaming up different ways to rate your work and that of your practice?

Schemes include the QOF, balanced scorecards, revalidation, practice accreditation and registration with health watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

Does anyone remember the phrase 'high-trust, low bureaucracy' that was used to usher in the new GMS contract in 2004?

Doesn't that seem a million miles away now? Perhaps 'low-trust, high bureaucracy' would be a better description of the regime we are now hurtling towards.

Four weeks ago our columnist Dr Chris Lancelot argued that now was the time to turn the tables and for GPs to rate their PCTs. Such was the positive reaction to the idea, particularly on our website Healthcare Republic, that today we make that dream reality.

The scorecard will be UK-wide. We expect GPs in Wales and Northern Ireland will have much to say after GP reported last week that NHS reorganisation had left primary care in both countries in 'chaos'.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman points out in this week's issue that PCT rating mechanisms had 'almost never' reflected GP views. Let us allow you to put that right and give you a voice.

Even the NHS Confederation, which represents managers, is eagerly awaiting your feedback.

We want to make the exercise fair and seek to shine a light on good managerial practice as well as exposing the bad.

All we ask of you is your help. Complete the scorecard. Spread the word. Tell your LMC. Encourage local practices to take part.

For this to be valuable work, and something we can repeat in future, we would like the participation of as many GPs and practices as possible. How do you rate your PCT?

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

First COVID-19 jabs to target care home residents and staff under new JCVI advice

First COVID-19 jabs to target care home residents and staff under new JCVI advice

Older adults living in care homes and staff working there will be first to receive...

GPs unable to veto virtual fitness to practise hearings during pandemic

GPs unable to veto virtual fitness to practise hearings during pandemic

GPs facing fitness to practise investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic will be...

Government rejects major NHSPS overhaul - but changes 'could ease GP service charge disputes'

Government rejects major NHSPS overhaul - but changes 'could ease GP service charge disputes'

A government review has rejected calls for a major overhaul of an NHS Property Services...

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

The RCGP and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have called on GP practices and community...

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments have risen rapidly in recent weeks as schools returned, according...

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

Medical training and the future NHS workforce could be seriously damaged by the financial...