GPs admit to blowing whistle on colleagues20th October 2010
A survey by Pulse has found that over a quarter of GPs work with a fellow doctor who they consider to be "incompetent".
The poll also found that 18% of the GPs who responded to the survey had reported a colleague for poor performance.
The survey, which polled 350 GPs, showed 27% of doctors thought that "at least one" of their colleagues was incompetent or impaired.
The head of the Royal College of General Practitioners Professor Steve Field recently told a conference that they should clamp down on GPs who performed badly.
The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) has said GP associations should be given the ability to end contracts for those doctors who do not meet new performance measures.
Dr Johnny Marshall, head of the NAPC, said the survey was an extremely strong expression with regards to how doctors monitored their co-workers work.
He said: "Local GPs have a good understanding of which of their colleagues is performing well and which isn’t. The fact GPs are already willing to take that responsibility is a really powerful statement and supports the direction of travel the NAPC is suggesting."
He added: "I would hope most of those GPs would be keen to improve. It’s those who don’t who would cause us concern."
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