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GPs told to ditch the QOF until April under radical agreement with NHS England

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Unfortunately the press coverage of our project has been misleadinq - Somerset practices have not been told to ditch anything, but offered an opportunity to have some time to think about how general practice can be made more sustainable in the long run. Most have taken up the offer of a three month QOF pause , others prefer not to, which is fine. Nor is the LMC abandoning national negotiation. The payment for this voluntary alternative to the voluntary QOF remains directly linked to the GPC & NHS Employers agreement for each of the potentially affected years. Somerset is a very fortunate health community with one LMC and one CCG covering the old county PCT area and a long history of very good working relationships between all the parties. We also have visionary senior management at our Area Team who are keen to work co-operatively with primary care, and we trust them to keep their word. We do not know if we can build something to use in 2014 -15 as a pilot for a genuinely new way of demonstrating practice quality, but given the besetting problems of the NHS all the participants - LMC, CCG & Area Team alike - thought we should give it our best shot. Harry Yoxall, LMC Medical Secretary

Posted date

14 Jan 2014

Posted time

2:28pm

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