DoH targets prevalence 'damping' and QOF in funding review

Funding is to be redirected to practices in areas of high disease prevalence, the government has announced.

National director of primary care Dr David Colin-Thome said that the prevalence formula and MPIG were ‘the two things working against getting money to where it's needed'.

When the new GMS contract was negotiated, he said, ‘we damped down the role of prevalence. We want to remove that.'

Dr Colin-Thome was speaking at the launch of the new national primary care strategy at the DoH's Richmond House headquarters in Whitehall this morning.

He also said that the government would like to treble the proportion of quality framework funding spent on preventative care, from 5 per cent to 15 per cent.

Although the Darzi review promises to give patients a wider choice of GP, practices will not be forced to widen their boundaries.

But where surveys found patient choice was poor, PCTs will be ‘encouraged to find alternative providers', he said.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

DoH Primary Care Strategy

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