QMAS error 'will not cost GPs'

GPs have been assured they will not lose out after the quality management and analysis system (QMAS) website published incorrect QOF targets.

The QMAS website - which calculates quality pay - showed an upper threshold of 95 per cent for patients seeing a GP or health professional within 48 hours. The correct range for the PE7 target, worth 23.5 points, is 70-90 per cent.

The upper limit for the 35-point PE8 target, relating to whether patients are able to book a GP appointment more than two days ahead, was also set at 95 per cent. The correct PE8 range is 60-90 per cent.

A spokesman for Connecting for Health said: 'We are aware that there are some figures that are incorrect. It won't affect payment to GPs as the changes will be made before GPs are paid.

'We are looking to put a note on the website to make GPs aware of this.'

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'GPs are paid according to what is in the statement of financial entitlements, even if there's an error on the website.

'The PE survey payments will not be made until the results are collated in June so there will be time to make corrections.'

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