GPC issues template for patient survey appeals

The GPC has issued a template letter for GPs wishing to appeal against the results of this year's patient experience survey.

Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)
Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)

GPs in England and Wales should complete the letter to ‘initiate a formal dispute’ with their PCT, a spokeswoman for the BMA said.

The disputed survey funds the PE7 and PE8 component of the QoF, worth 58.5 points or £7,416 to an average-size practice.
GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has warned that the UK results will echo those in Scotland, where national data is available.

Results there have had a ‘devastating’ effect on practices, he said, with one practice in Lanarkshire reporting losses of £16,000.

The GPC is issuing slightly different appeal templates for practices in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Last week GP newspaper reported that the NHS Confederation does not think appeals will be successful.

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