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Scottish GPs show their quality

GPs in Scotland scored an average of 1,026 points on the quality framework last year.

Figures for the second year of the QOF reveal 153 practices scored the maximum 1,050 points.

Only 21 of the 1,020 practices in Scotland scored fewer than 900 points.

QOF earnings, based on £124.60 per point, equated to £127,877 for an average practice.

The figures reveal how GPs built on their already outstanding achievement in the first year, with average achievement rising to 97.7 per cent from 92.5 (971 points).

Improvements in the clinical domains were the major factor. GPs scored an average of 95.1 per cent on epilepsy, up from 86.1 per cent last year. Scores for COPD (up 8.9 per cent to 97 per cent) and asthma (up 8.1 per cent to 98.2 per cent) also rose markedly.

Practices achieved an average of 95.9 per cent on the organisational domains, up from 89.2 per cent in 2004/5.

Dr Mary Church, joint-chair of the Scottish GPC, said the performance showed what great GPs Scotland had. She said: 'The results are proof that investment in general practice delivers value for money and improvements to care.'

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