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PCTs climb down over QOF changes

A group of PCTs has backed down from plans to make local alterations to the national quality and outcomes framework.

In February, Medway PCT said it planned to redefine seven indicators in order to provide 'clearer' guidance, and encouraged neighbouring PCTs Eastern and Coastal Kent and West Kent to adopt a similar approach. But local GPs argued the PCT wanted to toughen QOF targets in order to delay or reduce payments.This week, Medway PCT confirmed that guidance to GPs would not mean any change to the QOF criteria.'Medway PCT has always recognised the use of nationally agreed targets,' a spokesperson said. 'What has been agreed is that in some cases the criteria needs much clearer guidance to assist GPs. There is no change to the criteria.' A spokesperson for Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT also confirmed that QOF would continue to be based on a national template.Dr Gary Calver, secretary of Kent LMC, said he had met with the PCTs concerned two weeks ago and that a guidance document for GPs would be signed off by LMC members in the next month. 'We've had very productive discussion that will make the final document consistent with the national regulations,' he said.

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