Notes to editors
The report Improving the quality of care in general practice: Report of an independent inquiry commissioned by The King's Fund is published on 24 March 2011. For further information or to request an interview, please contact The King's Fund press office on 020 7307 2585 (or 07584 146035 if calling out of hours).
(1) Taken from The National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit 2009.
(2) Taken from Delivering the Cancer Reform Strategy published by the National Audit Office in 2010.
(3) Taken from Prescribing costs in primary care published by the National Audit Office in 2007.
(4) Figures taken from the 2009/10 GP Practice Survey published by the Department of Health.
(5) Based on analysis included in the GP Practice Index published by Dr Foster in 2010.
(6) Figures taken from the 2009/10 GP Practice Survey published by the Department of Health.
(7) The inquiry was chaired by Sir Ian Kennedy, Emeritus Professor of Health, Law and Ethics at University College London and Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Sir Ian is a former chair of the Healthcare Commission and chaired the public inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. He took over from the previous Chair, Niall Dickson, in October 2009, following his departure as Chief Executive of The King's Fund.
The other members of the independent panel were:
Dr Michael Dixon, Chair, NHS Alliance
Professor Steve Field, former Chairman of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Ursula Gallagher, Director of Quality, Clinical Governance and Clinical Practice, NHS Ealing
Dr Rebecca Rosen, Senior Fellow, The Nuffield Trust.
(8) The inquiry was launched in April 2009 and has undertaken an exhaustive examination of the evidence on the quality of care in general practice. It has published 14 research and discussion papers covering different aspects of general practice, held a number of events with stakeholders, frontline professionals and patients, and published an online survey of practice professionals.
(9) The King's Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.