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Read codes delay worry

GPs have raised concerns over the fact they have not yet been issued with new Read codes to support QOF changes.

Some new indicators, such as those for chronic kidney disease, cover 15 months, meaning the calculation period has begun.

Connecting for Health said NHS Employers and the Department of Health were finalising the QOF business rules, which include the Read codes, and the guidance to support the new and revised indicators.

EMIS and InPractice Systems said they hoped to send new codes out in early April.

Dr David Jenner, GMS contract lead for the NHS Alliance, said GPs risked not getting paid for the work they were doing now. 'The clock is ticking. We will have to go back and put in the new codes manually. It's a right old fag.'

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