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Your article 'Health groups scramble to lobby for new QOF targets' (News, April 23) is an inaccurate reflection of the role of the expert panel in the QOF review. It is incorrect to imply that any of the panel members will have the opportunity to influence the future of the QOF with their own particular agendas.

The panel members have been chosen for the clinical and evidence assessment expertise that they will bring to the review and are expected to be entirely impartial.

The panel will assess all indicators in the current framework and will consider evidence to support amendments or additions to the QOF. Any evidence submitted will be judged on its merit.

Any final decision on changes to the QOF will be made by the NHS Employers and GPC negotiators.

Dr Adrian Jacobs

NHS Employers Joint-Chair

Dr Laurence Buckman

GPC Joint-Chair

QOF Review Team

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