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Johnson: GPC QOF proposals 'propaganda'

By Steve Nowottny

Health secretary Alan Johnson has accused the GPC of putting out ‘propaganda', in the latest escalation of the increasingly-bitter contract row.

His comments came in a House of Commons debate after Labour MP John Austin demanded to know why the government's contract offer reallocated QOF points to extended opening rather than osteoporosis care.

The GPC had proposed that 38.5 QOF points be reallocated to clinical domains, including osteoporosis and peripheral arterial disease. After the proposals were rejected by the government in favour of more funding for extended opening, the GPC warned patient care would suffer as a result.

Mr Johnson said: ‘We want to use these points for greater access. The BMA has suggested that they be put towards issues such as osteoporosis, virtually as a piece of propaganda to strengthen its position.'

‘This is not about our not putting money into these areas. We just do not believe that GPs need to be incentivised in such areas.'

‘We believe that we should put more money into the national service framework for older people in order to tackle osteoporosis; and we should fundamentally ensure that people can get to their GP, which is the first step to dealing properly with any ailments, including osteoporosis.'

Alan Johnson

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