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Northern Ireland’s GPs miss out on £1m of QOF funding

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2960 (Published 19 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2960
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}bmj.com

The BMA has warned that general practices in Northern Ireland could lose out on as much as £20 000 because the Department of Health has not adjusted funding for increases in practice lists.

Tom Black, chair of the BMA’s Northern Ireland General Practitioners Committee, said that GPs in the country faced a £1m reduction to Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) funding.

He explained, “There are a lot of irregularities at the moment around QOF because big practices are closing and average list sizes are going up because of mergers. Essentially, when you calculate what you …

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