Azara Blog: GP targets not necessarily good for patients

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Date published: 2007/11/23

The BBC says:

The targets GPs have been hitting to earn massive pay rises are not good for patient care, experts say.

Family doctor pay has now hit £110,000 on average - a £30,000 rise in the first two years of the new contract.

The deal rewards GPs with a bonus for hitting certain targets, such as blood pressure testing and asthma care.

But doctors and academics say it pushes GPs to focus on point scoring instead of individually tailoring care, the British Medical Journal reports.

What a surprise, setting targets means that people target the targets. This plethora of targets is what happens when you have management consultants running the country instead of people who think and care.

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