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Go for quality points and ignore NSFs says GPC

GPs should ignore national service frameworks and only do work that will net them quality pay, GPC negotiators have advised.

Responding to growing GP concern over the size of their pay rise from the new contract, negotiators said they had told their staff to ditch NSF work the practice was not paid for.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd said work outside the quality framework was 'irrelevant'. He added: 'If you want to achieve good income for the practice you must focus on achieving quality points.'

Fellow negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'I've always told staff to ignore NSFs. Start looking at the quality framework instead.'

The GPC advice was met with a chilly response from the Department of Health. A spokesman said: 'GPs will not just base care on the quality and outcomes framework.'

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