- RCGP comment on Government Response to Francis Inquiry
RCGP comment on Government Response to Francis Inquiry
Publication date: 26 March 2013
RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada said:
"High quality patient care is at the heart of what the RCGP does. We are open to working with the Government and the Care Quality Commission to examine how the system for regulation of primary care could be improved to make it more effective, including whether there is a case for introducing a Chief Inspector of Primary Care.
"We support the development of good quality information systems for health and social care. But we believe that a single summary score for each general practice would mislead patients, rather than helping them to assess the quality of GP practices in their area. A single summary score is unlikely to take into account the age of the practice population, deprivation, or a whole host of other factors, and will therefore be unable to offer meaningful comparisons.
"The College recognises that the Government has taken some positive initial steps towards supporting NHS whistle blowers, but much more is needed to achieve meaningful change in this area. In particular, we urge the Government to publish a comprehensive plan of action explaining how it intends to enforce the ban on ‘gagging clauses’ in the NHS, and consider what measures are needed to ensure NHS whistle blowers are better able to access practical and financial support."
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Notes to editor
The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 44,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.