'Scrap performers lists' demands GPC

GP leaders are calling for performers lists to be scrapped because they may be open to abuse by heavy-handed primary care organisations (PCOs).

The DoH launched a review of the performers list system last week, looking at what could replace it and the impact of introducing a national UK GP register.

All GPs have had to be on the GMC-held national GP register to practise in the UK since March 2006. GPs also have to register with their PCO to be included on the local performers list.

GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said there was no need for both performers lists and the national register.

'There is a feeling some PCOs use performers lists in a heavy-handed way, possibly inappropriately. The local nature of them causes problems - there is a consensus that with the GP register, we shouldn't have to have both.'

GPs also backed a proposal in the DoH consultation document that 'soft' information on doctors, which could include unsubstantiated performance concerns, could be held on the national GP register as recommended by the Shipman Inquiry.

GPC member Dr John Grenville said it was unsafe for PCOs to hold information locally about doctors that other PCOs would not have access to.

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