Loophole leaves GPs in performance authority sights

A SENATE inquiry has called on the Government to close a loophole in its health reform legislation that leaves the door open for  the National Health Performance Authority to potentially assess individual general practices.

The call follows a recent Government promise that the authority would not assess individual GPs despite consumer groups advocating for GPs to be compared on a My School-style website.

However, a number of submissions to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry pointed out the original draft of the performance authority legislation remained vague on which bodies or organisations providing healthcare services would be monitored.

In its report, tabled last week, the committee recommended the Government address lingering concerns by “specifying greater detail around the processes that would lead to the inclusion of new bodies or organisations in the authority’s monitoring functions, and the granting of new