QOF funding should be used for basic practice funding

A proportion of money from the quality framework should be moved to basic practice funding via the global sum, a report by the GPC recommends.

The proposal is one of 50 recommendations included in the GPC's report Fit for the Future - the evolution of general practice, which maps out the GPC's plan for the future of general practice in the UK.

It suggests the funding should be moved in such a way that it does not create a major redistribution.

‘Therefore it would need to be strictly according to the number of patient services by a practice and not the usual allocation formula,' the report says.

The report also recommends that a proportion of funding from QOF should be moved to basic practice funding via the global sum. An exact percentage is not mentioned.

It suggests that primary care providers from outside a primary care organisation (PCO) area should only be invited to bid for general practice services after existing practices within the area have been given the opportunity to expand their service. It also suggested APMS contracts should only be used if the PCO is unable to fund anyone else to take on a GMS or PMS contract.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the GPC, said: ‘General practice has undergone huge changes in recent years and it continues to evolve.

‘We know some aspects of general practices could be improved, but we want this to be in a way that benefits patients, doesn't fragment the NHS and doesn't demoralise the workforce.'

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