Letters: GPs should fill patients' survey forms in for them

New health minister, Mike O'Brien is quite clear on the duty of GPs to ensure a high response rate to any GP survey, and says that the length of the survey may contribute to the low response rate (GP, 10 July).

I feel we have been remiss in not encouraging patients to work through all eight pages - but I have sympathy for anyone throwing a long survey away: I seldom fill in anything longer than one page of A4.

So I have a simple solution which might satisfy everyone: why not offer a free survey-filling service to patients?

I think it might prove popular with the patients, and would demonstrate clearly that GPs are listening to our new master's voice.

Dr Mary Hawking, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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