Published: 06/05/2004, Volume II4, No. 5904 Page 6

Greater Peterborough Primary Care Partnership's chief executive has said he would consider publishing information detailing how well GP practices are performing.

Chris Town told last week's NHS Alliance conference that as his primary care trust was paying for the work provided through the quality and outcomes system, he wanted that information 'in the public domain'.

He said he would consider publishing the results of practices' qualities and outcomes framework in PCT board papers.

A Department of Health spokesperson said current guidance dictated practice identifiable information should not be included in board papers, although PCTs could include the information with practices' agreement.

But the Freedom of Information Act, which is due to come into force on 1 January 2005, will mean the public has a general right of access to information held by public authorities, which would include information held by PCTs relating to the work of GPs.

The DoH will consult with the British Medical Association, and other interested parties, on how this information is released while safeguarding the rights of patients and practitioners.