Practice assessment scores ‘will be published’

A PCT that devised a ‘scorecard’ for assessing practice performance has confirmed that it will be publishing the scores. Primary care representatives are now concerned that the scheme could be replicated across England.

Practices in Tower Hamlets in east London will be ranked A, B or C on indicators that in some cases go beyond the requirements of their contract.

A spokesman for Tower Hamlets PCT confirmed that practices will need to offer extended hours to be A-banded on access, a priority area for the scorecard.

The guidelines for the scorecard, set to be rolled out in April, allow for C-banded practices to be served remedial notices. Critics fear that such practices could be vulnerable to takeover by an alternative provider.

GPC negotiator Dr Stewart Drage said he was concerned about a domino effect, with PCTs around the country following Tower Hamlets.

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