GPs to be named and shamed in UK

Poorly performing doctors will be "red flagged" on Britain's National Health Service (NHS) website.

The red flag will appear next to a doctor's name if they are deemed to be missing too many cases or if patients have to make repeated visits before being referred for tests, according to the UK's Mail on Sunday.

Practices will be given a green rating if they have quick referral times for patients who show possible signs of having the disease.

British health secretary Jeremy Hunt said tough action must be taken to bring standards at practices with poor cancer referral rates into line with those who have the highest standards.

"We need to do much better," he told the newspaper.

"Cancer diagnosis levels around the country vary significantly and we must do much more to improve both the level of diagnosis and to bring those GP practices with poor referral rates up to the standards of the best."