GP performance data and NHS outcomes framework to be published

Health secretary Andrew Lansley is expected to announce the publication of data on GP performance and 60 benchmarks to measure NHS performance on Wednesday.

Mr Lansley is to set out 60 benchmarks that will be used to define success in the NHS.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Mr Lansley is set to announce the publication of data that compares patients’ experiences at individual GPs’ surgeries, and subsequent recovery times, today.

Ministers hope that the detailed publication of the information will force up standards – a process that they expect will accelerate as patients choose not be treated at institutions with below-average performance, the Daily Telegraph said.

Mr Lansley will also set out 60 benchmarks to replace Labour’s system of targets that will be used to define success in the NHS.

The benchmarks are expected to cover hospital death rates, the individual performance of GPs and surgeons and patients’ experiences under their care.

Next week, the government will set out current performance for each of the 60 indicators. It will then set out national targets for improvement ‘by the time of the next election and beyond’, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Mr Lansley is expected to say: 'I have today published The NHS Outcomes Framework 2012/13. This refreshes the first NHS Outcomes Framework published for England in December 2010 and includes updated definitions for some of the indicators in the framework.’

Mr Lansley said the framework had three main purposes; to provide a national level overview of NHS performance, to act as a mechanism for the health secretary to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for delivering outcomes improvements from April 2013, and to act as a catalyst for driving improvement throughout the NHS.

NHS London is expected to publish outcomes data covering all GP practices across London tomorrow, following the launch of the website MyHealthLondon

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