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The waiting game

Justify your quality aspirations

GPs must justify their quality points aspiration by explaining to their primary care organisation how they expect to achieve it, latest Department of Health guidance states.

The decision looks certain to kill off plans by some GPs to aim for the total 1,050 points in order to maximise the cash they get upfront.

GP negotiators also issued a stark warning that practices should only aspire to a figure 'they can reasonably achieve'.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said: 'We made it utterly clear gaming like that was not going to be an option.'

He added it would 'require an enormous amount of work' to get maximum points.

Practices will receive a tool called the Interim Aspiration Utility to calculate how many points they will aspire to by

December 15 and have to give the information to PCOs by January 16.

The guidance also states that if practices' data quality is poor and does not show their real performance, GPs can justify higher aspiration by arguing they will take steps to improve it.

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