Letters: Ethnicity question is not the way forward

Dear Editor

Although a mere practice manager and not a GP, I feel compelled to write in total agreement with Chris Lancelot regarding the ethnicity question which has appeared in quality framework. I am truly 'colour blind' and being the manager of an inner-city practice I consider it a prerequisite for the job.

I was so concerned about receptionists having to ask new patients such a sensitive question, I telephoned our Family Health Services patient services department.

The DoH says that the registration form is going to be redesigned with this question included and an explanation for its need. However, it will not be available until later in the year.

In any case, any new patient with his or her medical card does not complete the GMS1 form, leaving the receptionist still in a vulnerable position.

We need a less contentious way of collecting this information. We need the points but not the aggravation.

Pat Barker, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Practices face £50,000 pension cost hike under plan to raise employer contribution to 20.6%

Practices face £50,000 pension cost hike under plan to raise employer contribution to 20.6%

GP practices could face a five-figure hike in pension costs under plans to increase...

What medico-legal challenges will GPs face in 2019?

What medico-legal challenges will GPs face in 2019?

The MDU's head of advisory services, Dr Caroline Fryar, predicts which medico-legal...

GP practices providing online consultations doubled in 12 months, survey suggests

GP practices providing online consultations doubled in 12 months, survey suggests

The proportion of GP practices in England providing online consultations has almost...

Dr Nikita Kanani: Why peer support is the key to building a stronger general practice

Dr Nikita Kanani: Why peer support is the key to building a stronger general practice

NHS England's acting director of primary care Dr Nikita Kanani says connecting with...

Next-day GP appointments three times as likely to be missed as same-day bookings

Next-day GP appointments three times as likely to be missed as same-day bookings

Patients are nearly three times as likely to miss appointments booked with GP practices...

Outsourcing GP services overseas could be 'legal minefield', experts warn

Outsourcing GP services overseas could be 'legal minefield', experts warn

Using digital technology to outsource GP consultations overseas could leave the NHS...