LMCs scorn star ratings for practices

A star ratings system for practices would waste clinical time and distort health priorities, according to LMC representatives.

Delegates said patients were entitled to meaningful information about practices and the existing contract provided this.

The RCGP shelved an accreditation scheme following fears it would be misused (GP, 16 June).

Dr Andrew Green, from East Yorkshire LMC, told the conference: 'The college is best when it has one foot in academia and one in reality, not both in its mouth.'

Dr Colin Hunter, the RCGP's honorary treasurer, said that primary care organisations aiming to commission new services wanted some form of practice measure.

However, he said: 'Any scheme must be voluntary and must not have levels or grades that could be misconstrued.'

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