Government opens up data to benefit patients and GPs

Data published for the first time will help patients choose the right GP surgery and help GPs and the NHS to make improvements to the way they do things. Data on over 8,000 GP practices in England will be used to form a new measure of patient experience for each surgery. Each GP surgery will get a score out of ten, and this will help patients to choose which surgery to register with as well as help drive up standards within the profession. This data will be based on patients’ responses to the GP Patient Survey. The new data on patient experience will be available to patients on the NHS Choices website, which allows patients to make quick and direct comparisons between different GP practices in their area and choose the right GP for their needs.

Source: Department of Health
Date: 8 June 2012