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GPs earn less from QOF points as thresholds for some indicators rise

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 31 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6541
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

General practices in England scored significantly lower in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) in 2013-14, reflecting tougher achievement thresholds and, perhaps, a growing fatigue with this particular incentive scheme.

The framework sets a series of targets for general practice, which if achieved each earns points that count towards the practice’s income. QOF’s aim was to improve the quality of general practice by rewarding GPs for delivering services according to an agreed checklist. In 2012-13 practices achieved 96.7% of the maximum possible points, but this fell in 2013-14 to 92.4%, show figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.1

The number of practices that maximised their income by achieving 100% …

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