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Trust scraps plans to set up its own version of the QOF

A PCT has abandoned proposals to withdraw GPs from the quality and outcomes framework and set up a two-year local

initiative.

North Essex PCT had asked GPs to take part in the programme and defer this year's QOF achievements for a month to help shave millions of pounds off its deficit.

Instituting a local version of QOF would help managers restructure GPs' work and pay.

North Essex LMC had strongly opposed the idea, arguing GPs may lose money if they left the security of the national QOF.

The Department of Health has now intervened, telling the trust that if it left the QOF it could not use the Quality Management and Analysis System.

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, chief executive of the PCT and a GP in Braintree, said: 'It would not have been acceptable to us to opt out of the QMAS.'

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