Letter: Where are all these summarised notes?

Dear Editor,

My partners and I chose, quite deliberately, not to lash ourselves into a frenzy about point scoring. We were quite satisfied with 980 points, plus retained sanity, humour and dignity.

The single biggest 'failure' was note summarising - currently about 50 per cent.

As far as we know, all the other local practices (and, it would seem, most of the UK) claim almost or truly maximum points.

However, with the usual interchange of patients, it is manifest to us that many notes that arrive are in no way properly summarised.

Gaming - or stuffing - the system may be a super wheeze and I sometimes think, wistfully, that if we weren't so afflicted by sanctimonious rectitude (and confident in every point claimed) that we too could be earning £250,000 annually.

There is a small voice piping irritatingly in one ear suggesting that there is an honourable course of action, and the horned beast in the other telling me not to be so bloody up tight.

If we did the honourable thing, would anyone ever talk to us again?

If we remain complicitly silent we look deficient to those who compare scores and others might be emboldened in their schemes, although the reputation of the profession and the validity of the electronic record is at risk.

Will our peers please advise us?

Name and address supplied.

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