NI practices are top in UK

Northern Ireland has maintained high quality scores this year, despite fears a harder framework would mean fewer points.

The average points score per practice in Northern Ireland was 978 (97.8 per cent). Allowing for the loss of 50 access points, the figure is effectively the same as achieved last year, 1,028.

The lowest score was in depression (88.1 per cent), an area that practices across the UK have found difficult.

Overall the average points score per practice in the clinical domain was 643 out of 675.

GPC Northern Ireland chairman Dr Brian Dunn said: 'I think we expected to score less. Most GPs thought they would be down a few points, so it's great news.'

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