GP practices providing the bottom variety of appointments may very well be named and shamed later as new league tables are launched for the primary time.
Knowledge out on Thursday will element what number of appointments every surgical procedure in England is delivering and the way lengthy it takes to be seen.
The statistics might be revealed on the NHS Digital web site and Well being Secretary Steve Barclay says it is going to “enable sufferers to make a extra knowledgeable alternative” about which observe they go to.
Nonetheless, some medical doctors say evaluating surgical procedures will not be so simple attributable to totally different affected person traits.
For instance, a small coastal city with many aged folks may have surgical procedures providing fewer appointments than a busy interior metropolis observe with a youthful inhabitants.
Professor Kamila Hawthorne, chair of the Royal School of GPs (RCGP), stated there have been “critical considerations” over how helpful comparisons might be “as with common observe you are not often evaluating like with like”.
“What works in a single observe might not in one other, so they are going to tailor their companies to their affected person inhabitants,” she stated.
“We fear that this knowledge might be used to create arbitrary ‘league tables’ that do not account for various affected person demographics and methods of working and people who seem on the backside will face undue criticism at a time when the occupation is already demoralised and dealing below intense pressures.
“We additionally perceive that the information revealed on Thursday might be experimental, so it is unclear how complete or helpful it is going to be.”
The discharge of the information comes amid considerations that not sufficient new GPs are coming via to switch these leaving.
Well being Training England stated on Wednesday that 4,032 trainees acquired placements this 12 months, however the RCGP estimates as much as 19,000 current medical doctors may depart within the subsequent 5 years attributable to workload pressures.
The prime minister’s appointment letter to the brand new well being secretary additionally reportedly dropped a goal – and Tory manifesto pledge – to recruit 6,000 extra GPs by the tip of 2024.
Former well being secretary Sajid Javid admitted this 12 months that the goal would most likely not be met as a result of variety of GPs retiring early.