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BMA: Performance-based bonuses would undermine trust in doctors

6th June 2011

The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling on the government to scrap proposals to introduce performance-related payments for GP shadow consortia that perform well financially.

In new guidance aimed at promoting transparency among consortia, the organisation has expressed concern that offering payments of this sort would serve to undermine trust in doctors among the general public.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GPs committee, said: "Financially rewarding GPs by directly linking their earnings to their consortium's financial management, particularly when the NHS is under continuing pressure to reduce budgets, is completely unethical."

He stated that GPs are dissatisfied with the potential conflicts of interest present in the government's NHS reform plans at present, despite the benefits a clinically-led commissioning model could deliver.

Any changes made to healthcare services should ensure that patients can have faith that commissioning decisions are being made in their best interests, Dr Buckman added.

This comes after the organisation stated last month that the government should consider dramatically amending or even scrapping the Health and Social Care Bill if it wishes to drive improvement in the NHS.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800568220-ADNFCR

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