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GPs in Northern Ireland have topped the table of quality framework points scorers among the home nations, averaging 989 points last year.

Dr Brian Dunn, chair of GPC Northern Ireland, said the results were excellent but reiterated that a low score did not indicate a poor-performing practice.

'Some practices may have decided to progress more slowly in the framework and not attempted to take on all the points in the first year, although in reality they may be covering the work,' Dr Dunn said.

Scores for GPs in Wales were also published this week, showing a countrywide average of 949 points.

Dr David Bailey, deputy chair of GPC Wales and a GP in Trethomas, near Caerphilly, said Welsh GPs had done

'fantastically well' considering their disease prevalence was 20 per cent higher.

GPs in England scored an average of 959 points.

Practices in Scotland totalled 972 on average.

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