RCGP backs removal of quality indicators

Proposals to remove incentives for quality indicators that have reached a ceiling of achievement have been broadly welcomed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Professor Steve Field
Professor Steve Field

The college’s position is set out in its response to the DoH’s consultation on reforming the way indicators in the quality framework (QOF) are reviewed.

It acknowledged that there is, as yet, no evidence to indicate that it is safe and appropriate to remove incentives when there has been a consistent plateauing of achievement. However, it said it welcomed the proposed approach ‘on the whole’.

Clear and transparent rules would need to be developed to guide the removal of indicators, it said. ‘It is also important to continue to monitor achievement once an indicator has been removed in case achievement falls and there is a need to reconsider’.

The consultation closed this week.


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