GPs escape scrutiny by Performance Authority

THE Government has promised its National Health Performance Authority will not be watching individual GPs when it is introduced as part of the national health reforms.

The new authority will monitor the performance of public hospitals and primary healthcare services, but the RACGP had raised concerns it might also cast a shadow over the operations of individual GPs and their practices.

The Consumers Health Forum had also called for the establishment of a My School-style website on which practices could be compared in areas such as individual conditions, organisational performance and patient experiences, based on collected data.

Those fears were allayed last week when the Health Department submitted a series of answers to questions on the topic from a Senate inquiry.

In a prepared statement, the department confirmed that the Government held “no intention to extend the authority’s operations to individual general practices&rdquo