Exception reporting has fallen, official data show

The rate of exception reporting of patients by practices in England has decreased over the past year, latest figures reveal.

The fall in exception reporting shows that GPs in England have been responsible in their use of exception reporting and are not ‘gaming' the quality framework in order to make extra money.

The NHS Information Centre figures found that the overall rate of exception reporting for 2007/8 fell to 5.26% from 2006/7's figure of 5.83%.

The overall effective exception rate at individual practice level ranged from 0 per cent to 35.58%.

The CHD10 indicator for the percentage of patients with CHD who are currently treated with a beta-blocker had the highest exception rate of any of the clinical indicators in the framework at 26.53%.

Contraindication for beta-blocker use is one of the main reasons behind the high exception reporting seen for the CHD10 indicator.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

NHS Information Centre

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