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Outcomes framework needs to be modified to reduce health inequalities

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39605.585637.DB (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1333
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    Work needs to be done on the financial scheme that rewards GPs for their achievements to ensure it helps reduce health inequalities, MPs have been told.

    Clinicians and research experts giving evidence in the latest session of the parliamentary health select committee’s inquiry into health inequalities said these could be reduced by a refocusing of priorities.

    The MPs asked the witnesses what they would add to or subtract from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)—the performance-related scheme that pays practices for meeting targets—to help reduce health inequalities.

    Professor Martin Roland, director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, said: …

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