The David Seaman Eye Off the Ball Award
This goes to the GPC, for failing to notice during contract negotiations that it needed to argue for an increase in the value of a QOF point to match the rise in average practice list size this year.This seemingly small change in the way practice income from the framework was calculated – revealed by Pulse earlier this year – meant practices in England lost thousands of pounds and effectively cancelled out the derisory practice funding uplift from April. Nice work.
Runner-up The GPC, again, for proclaiming the new GP contract in England would ‘significantly reduce box-ticking and target-chasing’ and then professing surprise when NHS England issued a 40-page specification for the unplanned admissions DES. Oops.