DH to launch league tables19th November 2009
The Department of Health has said patients will be able to find out about the performance of their GP surgery when league tables are released in January.
The new performance tables will rank every GP practice in England against 101 performance indicators and will be given green, amber or red status.
The DH said the new data would allow trusts to improve quality by comparing their performance. The data will be published online on the Information Centre website early in 2010.
Performance indicators will include patient satisfaction levels, blood pressure targets and efficiency markers.
Surgeries will be ranked by percentile against others in the same trust and in comparison to all surgeries in England.
They will be put into one of four performance categories: top-performing practices, improving practices, coasting practices and struggling practices.
Jill Matthews, the DH’s national implementation director for primary care and community services, told the NAPC annual conference in Birmingham: "It’s not about saying this practice is good and another one bad. It’s about getting PCTs and practices talking and working together."
She added: "We need to put the right language around the data, to tell patients not to panic about their practice."
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Title: DH to launch league tables
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13331
Date Added: 19th Nov 2009