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GPs condemn plans to cut 'core' QOF indicators

By Nigel Praities

GP leaders have lambasted plans to remove QOF indicators from the framework once they become part of core practice work.

The motion, unanimously passed at the Welsh LMC conference in Swansea this week, mandated GPC negotiators to ensure all additions to QOF are accompanied by ‘new money' and for any money from QOF deletions to added to the global sum.

NICE is due to begin its review of QOF indicators from this month, with plans to replace QOF indicators once they become embedded in practice.

Dr Michael Griffiths, a GP in Caerphilly and a member of Gwent LMC, said GPC negotiators had been ‘outclassed, overwhelmed and outnumbered' but he hoped they would be able to revive the spirit of the 2004 GMS contract.

‘Money is not shifted into the global sum when QOF points are achieved and taken out, it just disappears, so we are working harder for no new money.

‘In the future things are likely to get worse not better. The Government can find the money to bail out the banks, but it won't fund a better healthcare service,' he said.

LMC leaders also vented their anger at the year on year pay freeze in GP income.

Dr Peter Statham, a GP in Newport and a member of Gwent LMC, said: ‘Unless we stand up to continually being asked to do unfunded work, our patients will suffer. At least we need a cost of living increase and not another pay cut' he warned.

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