GPs underpaid thousands of pounds in QOF payments, DoH admits

GP practices have been stripped of £3,400 in QOF payments, after the DoH admitted payments have been miscalculated since 2004/5.

An error in the Quality Management and Analysis System (QMAS), which calculates QOF payments, means GP practices have been collectively underpaid by £27.9m, including interest.

The DoH said it is providing PCTs with additional funding to reimburse practices.

It said practices have been underpaid for the last seven years for achievements in the QOF additional services indicators, which cover cervical screening, child health surveillance, maternity services and contraceptive services.

A DoH spokesperson said: ‘The mistake was made during the introduction of new contract arrangements in 2004. An error was made in the formula used to calculate payments to GP practices for the achievement of a small number of QOF indicators.

‘This resulted in small underpayments to GP practices each year since 2004/5. The government will put this right, and has acted quickly to ensure that the relevant amounts will be paid back accordingly.'

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