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A quality framework?

The QOF, which is heading for its latest round of revisions in the new year, has rarely been out of the news in 2007.

The Department of Health kicked things off in January by exploring the possibility of scrapping exception reporting.

The plans gathered strength in June, when a review found evidence of widespread ‘gaming' – manipulating prevalence data and exception reports.

The suggestion of local QOFs came in April, from former health minister Lord Warner, and later received backing from the Department of Health.

And last month one of the QOF's architects, Professor Martin Roland, produced a report calling for a streamlined QOF – with current negotiations the ideal opportunity for change.

The QOF has rarely been out of the news in 2007 The QOF has rarely been out of the news in 2007

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