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BMA pursuing QOF square root solution

Your claim that the BMA has abandoned discussions with NHS Employers over the QOF square root formula is untrue.

The BMA has not 'backed away' from negotiations and is continuing with talks aimed at resolving the problems that have arisen with this element of the QOF.

It is true that the GPC has concerns about the potential impact on some GPs of removing the 5% cut-off and the square root calculation used to decide practice funding, as mentioned in the GPC News piece you quoted.

However, the GPC News article goes on to state that the GPC was 'happy to continue to pursue this issue' and will seek further statistical information about the real financial impact across practices.

The GPC remains committed to resolving this issue and will continue its efforts to find a solution, both through further research and negotiations with NHS Employers.

Dr Laurence Buckman, Chair, GPC

Editor's note: Pulse made every effort to be balanced and the article made clear talks had only been abandoned 'for now', pending an Information Centre report on the impact of the square root formula across general practice. Our article quoted Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPC, who said the committee was 'exploring' the area, but this was in 'its very early stages'.

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