Flu czar says QOF suspension remains 'hypothetical'

Talk of QOF suspension as a result of swine flu remains 'hypothetical' at this stage, England's flu czar has said.

Speaking exclusively to Healthcare Republic, Ian Dalton, England's director of NHS flu resilience, said that the DoH was keen for GPs to be able to continue working and not to lose out financially.

'That's why we've stood up the national pandemic flu service,' he said.

'Clearly we want QOF, in an ideal world, to continue, because the things that are included in the QOF are valuable to patients,' he added.

'At the same time we can recognise that, in certain hypothetical situations, there would have to be debate about that.'

Mr Dalton stressed that the DoH would keep the issue under review, in a ‘spirit of partnership' with the BMA and the RCGP.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

* Read the flu czar's full exclusive interview in this week's GP dated 7 August.

 

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