Quality framework change will cut practice workload

Minor changes to the quality framework could reduce practice workload.

The BMA says that although the quality framework will go largely unchanged, 'a small number of evidence-based changes (will be) introduced as recommended by the expert panel'.

By way of example, one change will see the scrapping of the quality framework's current requirement regularly to ask non-smoking patients if they smoke.

'The changes are very, very tiny,' said GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman.

But clinical points for osteoporosis, peripheral arterial disease or heart failure, as recommended for inclusion in the quality framework by the expert panel, will not be added.

As GP went to press, GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey, who led negotiations on these changes, said that he hoped to release details over the next few days.

He added that 'one or two of the changes will mean slightly less work' for GPs.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com.

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