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Practices should not worry if they see their expected quality achievement plummet when they start using Quality Management and Analysis System (QMAS), according to GPs using the software.

Surgeries have reported up to 50 per cent falls when they began measuring achievement with QMAS compared to software from their IT supplier.

The GPC said the discrepancy occurs because QMAS only reviews work done in the 12 months to the end of March 2005, so much of the data has not yet been entered by GPs.

Other software reviews work done in the 12 months prior to the date of measurement.

Most practices now have access to QMAS with all expected to have the system by November.

Dr Gerry McCabe, a GP in Hertford, said he expected to reach his aspiration level. 'As each month progresses, the blanks get filled in and the points from QMAS will move closer,' he added.

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