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15-08-2011 | General practice | Article

GPs remain wary of reforms


KPMG/Ipsos MORI: Survey of GPs Topline Results (PDF)

Two surveys reveal ongoing concerns among GPs about the impact of the NHS reforms on patient care in the wake of the Government's listening exercise.

The first survey, by KPMG/Ipsos MORI, asked 100 GPs in England about the revised plans for commissioning.

One third of surveyed GPs said that over three-quarters of practices in their consortium are regularly involved in commissioning decisions.

However, just one-quarter thought their consortium would be ready to take on full commissioning responsibility by April 2013.

Furthermore, 37% of GPs said that clinically led commissioning would be worse for patients while 28% said it would make no difference.

The second survey, by medeConnect, polled 843 GPs in England about the Government's planned changes to the Health and Social Care Bill.

Almost half of GP partners felt that opening up commissioning to other groups under the "any qualified provider" scheme would have a negative impact on patient care.

Additionally, 57% of GPs overall thought that extending commissioning would have a very or slightly negative impact on their ability to influence the quality of healthcare.

Anna Garofalo, from medeConnect, commented: "Our research shows that many GPs (and in particular GP principals) still view the Health and Social Care Bill in a negative light following the Government's listening exercise.

"The bid to extend the commissioning process to other groups is a source of concern for many GP principals, many of whom believe that it will be detrimental to patient care."

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By Joanna Lyford