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£50,000 boost as quality scores rise

GPs have scored around 5 per cent higher on the quality framework this year, taking the average practice over the 1,000-point mark, GPC negotiators believe.

GPs have scored around 5 per cent higher on the quality framework this year, taking the average practice over the 1,000-point mark, GPC negotiators believe.

The achievement, coupled with the increase in quality rewards from £75 to £125 per point, will net practices an extra £50,000 more on average than the first year of the QOF.

Practices that registered below average achievement last year are predicted to boost their scores significantly.

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC deputy chair, said GPs who had worked hard to improve modest scores could see income from the QOF double. He added: 'Obviously there will be more money than last year because of the higher rate but there will be more points and less exception reporting.'

Higher average prevalence this year would peg back some practices' earnings, he said.

Dr Patrick Day, a singlehanded GP in Bristol, said he would get 700 quality points this year, up from 570 in 2004/5. The increase will net him around £10,000 extra.

He said that to chase more points would 'skew' his clinical focus, despite the financial gains it would bring.

Dr Day said: 'You can't fault the contract and we've done quite well this time. But we've become over-technified and over-obsessed with detail. I've been working my fingers to the bone tapping this keyboard.'

Quality rewards have been frozen this year and 138 points-worth of new work added to the framework.

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