Patients back BMA's opposition to local quality framework

The DoH argument for a local element of the quality framework (QOF) is unconvincing, according to patients.

Laurence Buckman
Laurence Buckman

National Voices, a new umbrella organisation established by and for the national voluntary organisations representing users of health and social care in England to give them a stronger voice in policy making, backs BMA opposition to local QOFs.

David Pink, chief executive of National Voices, said: ‘We are unconvinced of the benefits of allowing an element of the QOF to be set locally, and would rather that local enhanced services be better promoted and used to respond to and react to differences at the local level of primary care need.

‘Whilst National Voices is currently an England-only body, we are concerned that the proposal to handover the management of QOF to NICE will result in complications to what is currently a UK-wide process.’

The QOF consultation closed yesterday.

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