‘Slash red tape’ say GPs in new BMA survey

GPs are calling for cuts in red tape to free up more time for patient care according to a BMA survey published today.

The survey found that more than half of GPs – those with unmanageable workloads in particular – want a reduction in the size of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF).

The survey also found that: (i) just under three-quarters (73 percent) of GPs support the continuation of a national GMS (general medical services) contract; (ii) 47 percent support having the option of a local PMS (personal medical services) contract; (iii) four in five GPs support keeping the option of independent contractor status; and (v) a third of GPs say their practice has joined a network or federation, and 52 per cent feel these models are the best way to develop general practice in their local area.

“GPs struggling with unmanageable levels of workload want to reduce any unnecessary bureaucracy and box-ticking to a minimum”, said BMA GPs committee deputy chair Richard Vautrey. “In consultations that are increasingly pressured for time, GPs want to focus primarily on the needs identified by the patient in front of them, not the prompts to gather more data for the computer.

“GPs working in rural areas are more likely to have stable practice populations and are less likely to feel that repeated annual health checks prompted by QOF for patients with stable conditions are always necessary.”

The survey results are available on the BMA website.

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