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David Cragg

  • GPC criticises 'misguided' plan for all-or-nothing diabetes QOF target

    David Cragg's comment 09 Jan 2014 6:11pm

    I'm commenting to express my disappointment in the response by jb Pittard to this article who seems to be implying that:

    (a) the reason these checks don't take place is totally down to a "non-compliant" patients
    and (b) a dx of diabetes is always down to something the patient did to cause the condition.

    As someone with type 1 diabetes I am pretty sure I caused this condition just as much as the NHS did. Last time I checked, type 2 diabetes can be down to lifestyle choices BUT it is not the only reason.

    I have no doubt that there are some hard to reach target groups and maybe this particular NICE proposal isn't the best way to tackle the problem.

    The proposal is an attempt to incentivise GPs to improve diabetes reviews and not to penalise them. If the proposal isn't right then please suggest an alternative model rather than showing your disdain to the target group you believe are responsible for poor attainment in diabetes QOF targets.

    Shouldn't GPs and patients be working together to try and improve care, rather than creating more barriers?