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Fresh appeal over 'secret list' of QOF losers

By Steve Nowottny

GP leaders are to make a fresh appeal to ministers over the scrapping of the square root formula, urging them to alert practices who face losses of up to £100,000.

The Department of Health has so far refused to write to the practices affected, citing ‘confidentiality', despite a direct appeal from GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman to do so. Practices have been told instead that they must work out their own losses using a calculator published by the BMA.

But at their latest meeting, GPC members called for renewed lobbying to ensure practices are fully informed of the effect of the changes.

The report from the meeting states: ‘The GPC has considered further the implications for those practices who will be significant losers with the changes to the QOF prevalence arrangements which will start being implemented from 1 April.'

‘In the light of this discussion and concerns raised, further efforts will be made to urge the Health Departments to press PCOs to contact the affected practices as soon as possible.'

Pulse first revealed in November that the Department of Health had drawn up a detailed list of individual practices that stand to gain or lose from the scrapping of the square root formula. But the Department has repeatedly refused to release the data in any form, insisting it was up to practices to identify themselves to PCTs if they believed they were under threat.

Aggregate figures published by the BMA predict that a total of 140 practices across the UK stand to lose as much as £30,000, with 33 facing more severe losses of more than £50,000 and a handful standing to lose more than £100,000 a year by April 2010. However some practices will also benefit by up to £70,000 a year.

Dr Laurence Buckman: fresh appeal to DH over secret list Dr Laurence Buckman: fresh appeal to DH over secret list

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