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Welsh GPs' QOF tally up last year

GPs in Wales scored more than 50 quality points more on average last year, new figures reveal.

The Welsh Assembly Government said the 500 practices in the province scored an average of 1,003 points, up from 949 the year before.

In total, 96.5 per cent of all disease domain points available were achieved.

GPs achieved higher than 90 per cent on average in every clinical domain. Of the areas with the most points available, 97.3 per cent of points available in CHD were achieved, 97.6 per cent in hypertension, 97.5 per cent in diabetes and 97.1 per cent in asthma.

The toughest clinical domain was epilepsy, where 92.5 per cent of points available were achieved.

In the organisational domains, average achievement was 92.3 per cent. On access, GPs scored an average of 97 per cent.

Dr David Bailey, deputy GPC Wales chair, said the achievement was particularly impressive as prevalence had increased by between 1 and 2 per cent in all disease areas.

This was not necessarily a reflection of a population getting sicker, but GPs discovering unmet need, he added.

'Going up by 50 points reflects people having a greater understanding of the QOF and working harder for the benefits.'

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