England practices score 954 points

Practices in England averaged 954.5 points in the quality framework for 2006/7. The figures were published today by the DoH’s Information Centre for health and social care.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GP committee
Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GP committee

In 2005/6 practices scored 96.2 per cent of a 1,050 point maximum (1010.1 points).

In 2004/5, the first year of the quality framework, 91.3 per cent was achieved.

50 points for access were removed from the quality framework, which was also made harder, for 2006/7, meaning only 1,000 points could be scored.

Earlier this week it was revealed that practices in Northern Ireland had averaged 978 (same as 2005/6 minus access), 970 in Scotland (down six) and 947 (down six) in Wales.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GPC, said: 'Once again GPs in England and their staff have proved how hard they are working to achieve these targets and by doing so they are improving the lives of their patients. If you look at the points available for the clinical work the results show that on average practices achieved over 96 per cent of the points available.'

Dr Buckman said that once again primary care teams have 'risen to the challenge', despite changes to the quality framework making it harder to achieve maximum points. 'It is further proof of how dedicated they are to improving patient care and how hard GPs and their staff are working,' he said.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

The Information Centre

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