GP patient surveys 'considerably longer' in England and Northern Ireland

GP patient surveys in England and Northern Ireland will be 'considerably longer' than those in Wales and Scotland, according to the GPC.

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This month's edition of GPC News says: 'The length of the English/NI survey is one of the key issues on which we have expressed concerns.'

The survey for 2008/9 is worth an average of £8,000 per practice and replaces the 75 points allocated for local patient surveys in 2007/8. Poll company Ipsos MORI will survey 5 million patients in 2009.

Different versions of the survey will be used in the four nations. It will be available for patients soon.

As in previous years, practices will be sent posters to advertise the survey.

The GPC says it is possible that it will have more influence over the survey as the government plans to make it quarterly in future.

The GPC will produce a response and guidance when the survey is released.

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