Scotland and Wales GPs rate PCOs better than England

GPs in Scotland and Wales have a far better relationship with their primary care organisation (PCO) than their colleagues in England, according to GP newspaper's Rate Your PCT survey.

Practices in the devolved administrations are between two and three times as likely to say their PCO enjoys their confidence as practices in England.

Welsh and Scottish PCOs outperformed those in England in almost every aspect of their relationship with practices, GP's 1,650-response Rate Your PCT survey has revealed.

The outcome appears to be a damning indictment of market reforms in England, with English GPs most vocal in their criticisms of political interference and imposed competition.

Scotland is most upbeat with a total of 43% of Scottish practices giving PCOs a vote of confidence - in stark contrast to England where the figure is 15%. The figure is 39% in Wales.

GPC Scotland chairman Dr Dean Marshall said: ‘There is a better degree of joint working. We don't have huge ideological differences.'


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