PCT threatens to dock practice 100 quality points

A PCT in the north east threatened to dock a practice's QOF points if it did not meet an immediate deadline.

Dr Relton Cummings, chairman of Newcastle and North Tyneside LMC, told the LMCs conference that GPs were facing a tidal wave of regulation and admin work, in order to demonstrate the quality of their practice.

‘The PCO called one practice to ask for QOF data on a Friday afternoon when the practice manager was out,’ he said.

‘The senior partner told them she’d be back on Monday, but they replied that if they data wasn’t in by the end of the day it would dock 100 QOF points.’

Dr Jeremy Cox said that managers in his own patch of Hertfordshire had also recently been markedly harsher in their treatment of local practices.

‘The clinical managers still have the same attitudes,’ he said. ‘But they’re being made to manage us in a different way.’

But there was some good news on regulation.

GMC representative Dr John Canning said that the Care Quality Commission ‘won't be as bad as you expect. We will be able to work with it’, he said.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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