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QOF 'should include GI disorders'

The Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology has warned that the omission of gastrointestinal disorders from the QOF has been 'damaging' and is to demand their inclusion in the next review.

The society has submitted proposals jointly with Coeliac UK on the need for points for managing coeliac disease and dyspepsia.

Dr Richard Stevens, chair of the society and a GP in Oxford, told Pulse he wanted to see points for registers for both diseases as well as for inflammatory bowel disease.

He said patients with dyspepsia should have symptom control, drug usage and change in symptoms assessed, and self-management plans developed. Indicators on coeliac disease should reward GPs for an annual review.

A report from the society, published last week, said: 'The omission of gastrointestinal disorders from the first set of targets was damaging as attention was focused on those clinical areas covered by the QOF.'

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