Practices forced to distrbute too many patient surveys

Practices are having to distribute too many patient surveys according to regulators.

The concerns come in the week when the first GP charged with fraudulently completing his own patient forms for the GMS quality framework was due to appear before the GMC.

This week also saw two million cards distributed to surgeries for patients to record GPs’ offer of choice and the start of the DoH’s contested access and waiting times survey involving five million questionnaires being sent directly to patients.

Both surveys are being conducted by polling organisation MORI.

Berkshire GP Dr Shantanu Rahman admitted to a performance panel of Bracknell PCT that he filled in around 90 patients’ forms himself.

Although Bracknell PCT did not dock any quality points from the Waterfield Practice in Bracknell, where Dr Rahman was a junior partner, his senior partner referred him to the GMC. He left the practice at the end of December and returned to India with his GP wife. He will not appear in person before the GMC. The hearing is expected to conclude this week.

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