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196 quality points to be docked

PMS practices that follow the GMS quality and outcomes framework will have 196 points deducted from their achievement.

The figure has been calculated as the amount that PMS GPs already get in the baseline budget.

The deduction equates to £14,700 in the first year of the contract for the average PMS practice.

In 2005/6, when the value of the average quality point rises from £75 to £120, the penalty will fall to 122.5 points.

The 196-point figure is based on existing financial information and could be amended when the latest PMS baseline data from PCTs becomes available this year.

Guidance on how the quality framework can be used by PMS practices states 'there should be similar rewards for similar effort between PMS and GMS'.

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