GPs checks will slip during transition to consortia, says GMC

There will be a hiatus in the performance management of GPs during the transition phase from PCTs to GP consortia, the GMC has said.

Mr Dickson: there will be a hiatus as doctors move from one system to another
Mr Dickson: there will be a hiatus as doctors move from one system to another

Niall Dickson, GMC chief executive, said it was ‘inevitable’ that the performance management of GPs will slip during the transition from PCTs to GP consortia.

He urged GPs to ‘keep an eye’ on supporting doctors and to ensure that high professional standards are maintained during the change over.

Mr Dickson said that this should not be an after thought, but should be built in to the new structures.

He said: ‘Lets be honest about it there will be a hiatus as you move from one system to another, that’s inevitable.

‘I think it is also really important that as people move to new organisations… that they bear in mind the importance of individual professional practises, of giving doctors the support and indeed the oversight that is required in order to maintain high professional standards and to support those doctors who may be having difficulties.’

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