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.