Scottish government confirms deal to abolish QOF from 2016

GPs in Scotland will no longer earn part of their income through the QOF from 2016, after the Scottish government confirmed a deal with BMA leaders to scrap the framework as part of a contract overhaul.

Shona Robison: hailed good working relationship with BMA
Shona Robison: hailed good working relationship with BMA

GPC Scotland chairman Dr Alan McDevitt said the 'bold' move by the Scottish government was a step towards 'reinvigorating' general practice, but warned that overall GP funding must be increased.

All money previously paid for QOF achievement will be moved into core GP funding, Scottish health secretary Shona Robison announced.

'Today’s announcement of the removal of all QOF points from the next GP contract marks a significant shift towards placing more trust in the clinical judgment and professionalism of GPs,' Ms Robison said.

'While over the years QOF has delivered many innovations, its time has passed and we must now look to a new and different future for GPs.'

GP funding

'This important change to the payments system will mean GPs can spend less time on paperwork, and get on with the job of treating patients who need them most.'

The 'constructive working relationship we have with the profession' should ease negotiations for a 'brand new Scottish GP contract from 2017', she added.

Dr McDevitt said: 'The removal of the QOF system is a significant step towards our vision for the future of general practice in Scotland.

'This bold move by the cabinet secretary is part of the re-invigoration of general practice in Scotland. It will have a positive effect on practices, by reducing bureaucracy and allowing GPs to focus on the complex care needs of their patients.'

GPonline revealed exclusively in March this year that Scotland planned to 'move on' from QOF from 2017.

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