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Can someone please explain this formula to me?

The new formula for working out future QOF, global sum and MPIG rises has got Copperfield stumped. And it's giving him horrible flashbacks to his Maths A-level.

The new formula for working out future QOF, global sum and MPIG rises has got Copperfield stumped. And it's giving him horrible flashbacks to his Maths A-level.



I'm having horrific flashbacks to impossible Maths A-level homework.

Specifically, to questions in which I knew what the answer was supposed to be, but couldn't find the correct route – so I'd resort to randomly plugging the data into various formulae to see if I struck lucky.

It's happening again. And it's all Lawrence Buckman's fault. He sent me a nice letter about the new GMS contract for 2009-10. You'll have received one, too.

There's even a reassuring explanatory video on You Tube (click below to watch).

So far so good. It all seemed to make sense. But then I made the mistake of exploring a link from the letter to details about the payment ratios.

It's my own fault. I should have found a better way of filling the time between no-shows during the Saturday morning enhanced services/diminished GP life surgery.

Anyway, a thousand arses. I know I should be looking at the implications for the practice, pondering over the QOF changes and fretting about whether increasing list sizes is a good idea.

But I can't. Because I'm now obsessed with trying to make sense of the sodding calculations.

You try – I dare you. Click on the link above. Just make sure you've got nothing else planned for the day. When you've cracked it, please put me out of my misery by emailing me the explanation.

Because, as far as I'm concerned, the sums detailing how any pay rise will be apportioned are just some kind of economic obfuscation involving my inside leg trouser measurement and taking away the number you first thought of.

Or the steps are in the wrong order. Or they've accidentally reprinted the flight data for the Apollo 13 flight plan. Or, I am really, really stupid.

Maybe it's all of the above – in a ratio of 7:5:5:2. Do let me know – I'll do your biology homework for you.

Copperfield blog Dr Laurence Buckman advises you to 'listen very carefully' as he explains the formula

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