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NHS bosses attack QOF and want MPIG scrapped

By Lilian Anekwe

The Quality and Outcomes Framework is ‘incentivising inequalities' rather than getting rid of them, NHS chiefs have told MPs.

In its written evidence to the health select committee's wide ranging review into health inequalities, the NHS Confederation calls for the scrapping of MPIG, funding allocations for services to be based on local needs and for moves to pay doctors more to work in deprived areas.

David Stout, director of the NHS Confederation's PCT network, told Pulse: ‘What we'd like to the inquiry to look into is to what extent the QOF is incentivising inequalities instead of incentivising the individual patient care.

‘An example is a patient with learning disabilities – could you use a change in the way QOF works for providing care for a subset of your populations who have particular needs.'

Pulse has reported how the inquiry is expected to here strong calls for the development of a localised QOF.

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