Scrap balanced scorecards while GPs battle swine flu, says GPC

The GPC is calling for the roll out of balanced scorecards to be suspended while GPs battle with ever increasing number of swine flu cases.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul
GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul

The DoH is developing a national 'balanced scorecard' as part of its World Class Commissioning scheme to improve GP services.

Many PCTs already use the scorecards to rate practices, and publish results online.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the eight indicators on the scorecards would be ‘meaningless' while GP surgeries are dealing with high numbers of flu cases.

‘We feel at this time, in the midst of a flu pandemic, this sort of PCT activity should be suspended for the time being. PCTs are key in supporting GP practices and should be planning how to deliver services rather than spend time performance managing GPs.'



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