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English GPs rival Scottish QOF points

28 September 2007

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GPs in England are performing well, scoring nearly as many Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) points as their Scottish peers.

Latest figures for the QOF published today show that general practice teams in England have achieved 95.5% of the points available, while Scottish GPs scored 97% earlier this week.

QOF was introduced in April 2004, it offers practices 1,000 points if they deliver on a range of services which translate into more financial resources for the surgery.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee, said: “Once again GPs in England and their staff have proved how hard they are working to achieve these targets and by doing so they are improving the lives of their practices.

“There has been significant revisions of the QOF this year, which introduced new work for GPs that made it significantly harder for practices to achieve maximum points.

“However, GPS and their teams have yet again risen to the challenge, thi year improving care to patients with depression, dementia and chronic kidney disease.”

He concludes this is further proof of how “dedicated” GPS are to improving patient care.

British Medical Association

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