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Gold, incentives and meh

GPs have free will over signing termination forms

Two of the three PCTs with the lowest average QOF scores have hit out at the publication of the results.

The official figures show North Bradford PCT averaged just 64.1 per cent of the total QOF points, far below the next lowest scoring PCT, Bradford City Teaching.

But GPs and managers said they had believed the statisics would include an explanation that the PCTs' low score was due to the fact GPs did not take part in the organisational section of the QOF.

The PCT chose to keep its own, long-standing rewards system instead and did not log practices' results on the non-clinical indicators on the QMAS system.

Julie Winterbottom, North Brad- ford PCT associate director of commissioning, said it had been a 'surprise' to be labelled the worst performers. 'We know we are providing high-quality service and this doesn't reflect that,' she said.

Meanwhile, Knowsley PCT, which had the third-worst average score, said its figures were incorrect. Six of its 37 practices in the PCT were given no points.

The PCT said its overall average was 89.5 per cent, not the 74.8 per cent stated.

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