British GP Services Under Examination

25 May 2009 (Last Updated May 25th, 2009 18:30)

Independent British health charity The King's Fund has launched a nationwide, 18-month inquiry into the quality of general practitioner (GP) services. The inquiry will examine key areas like access to care, the quality of diagnosis and referrals, drug prescription and how people with long

Independent British health charity The King's Fund has launched a nationwide, 18-month inquiry into the quality of general practitioner (GP) services.

The inquiry will examine key areas like access to care, the quality of diagnosis and referrals, drug prescription and how people with long-term conditions are cared for.

It will also focus on delays in testing for certain cancers, and diagnosis, especially among older patients.

The inquiry will examine high-quality care to define the role of GPs and general practice in the delivery of that care in order to make recommendations on how it should be measured.

The inquiry has been launched amid nationwide opposition from general practitioners, according to the national press.

By staff writer.