GP diagnosis targets ‘problematic’

The British government’s plans to extend targets for diagnosis in primary care to a total of seven conditions is problematic, unscientific, and unethical, argues a senior GP in The BMJ this week.

The targets mean GPs will be paid a set amount for diagnosing cases of diabetes coronary heart disease, asthma, dementia and depression.

“But the data on which they are based are flawed, and the approach incentivises potentially harmful overdiagnosis,” writes Surrey GP Dr Martin