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QOF scores show practices improving

By Lilian Anekwe

Practices in England have increased their average QOF achievement score since last year, figures published today reveal.

The annual analysis by the NHS Information Centre show practices in England scored an average of 968 points out of an available 1000 in 2007/8– an average of 96.8% achievement. This is up from an average achievement of 95.5% recorded in 2006/7.

The number of practices that scored the maximum 1,000 points also increased from 623 (7.5%), up from 427 (5.1%) last year.

Dr Richard Vautrey, Deputy Chairman of the BMA's GP Committee, said: ‘These figures are really good news for patients. GPs and their staff should feel proud of what they have achieved.

‘What's more, the QOF means that patients are getting a very high standard of treatment no matter where they live and the gap between those in the most and least deprived areas is narrowing year on year.'

Scottish data published today also show that Scottish GPs achieved 98.2% of all targets set out in the QOF.

Commenting on the results, Dr Dean Marshall, chairman of the BMA's Scottish General Practitioners Committee said: ‘I am proud that once again Scotland's GPs and their staff have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these targets.

‘More importantly however, this is good news for patients, it means that more patients are being diagnosed promptly and getting the treatment they need and it is making a real difference to patient outcomes, reducing hospital admissions and saving lives.'

QOF scores on the up QOF scores on the up

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