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25 September 2007
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Family doctors in Scotland are working to high standards, scoring highly in their Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) points, figures reveal.
A report shows general practice teams in Scotland have achieved 97% of the QOF points available.
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 Dean Marshal, chairman of the BMA’s Scottish General Practitioners Committee said: “I am proud that one again Scotland’s GPs and their staff have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these targets.
“More importantly however, this is good news for patients, it means that more patients are being diagnosed promptly and getting the treatment they need and it is making a real difference to patient outcomes, reducing hospital admissions and saving lives.”
He adds that three years into the contract, GPs have demonstrated that they can adapt to change, saying: “Doctors are committed to helping government achieve its ambition to provide more care available closer to patients’ homes but in return, GPs expect to be properly consulted on proposals for changes to the service they are delivering and for their professional skills and experience to be recognised.”