31. Dr Colin Hunter
The QOF tsar
It’s been a busy year for the man behind the QOF. But with the framework shrinking by 40% this year, you could argue that Dr Colin Hunter, chair of the QOF independent advisory body at NICE, has lost influence.
The Aberdeenshire GP says he has spent much of his time meeting with all four governments of the UK to try to ensure a ‘cohesive approach’ to a reduced QOF component in future contracts.
This year also saw NICE approve a controversial ‘all or nothing’ diabetes indicator, despite warnings that GPs found it demotivating – and his own admission that it wasn’t a good idea.
With practices threatening to follow in Somerset’s footsteps and ditch the majority of the QOF, and the GPC seeking to shrink the framework further, Dr Hunter may find his committee becoming an irrelevance.