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No benefits from the QOF? No way

Your headline 'QOF has failed to bring benefits for patient care' (News, 12 July) is misleading as both surveys you mention show improvement in standards, which has been sustained since the introduction of the new GP contract.

The surveys reveal what we were already telling the Government during negotiations ­ that GPs were doing lots of extra work to raise standards prior to the introduction of the new contract.

The contract has provided GPs with the resources that were needed to continue making improvements in patient care.

Your headline suggesting that patients have not benefited is an insult to their hard work.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chair, General Practitioners Committee

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