Scottish GPs agree 2014/15 GMS contract deal

GPs in Scotland have won a dramatic cut to QOF for 2014/15 to slash bureaucracy.

Dr McDevitt: 'GPs will be freed to focus more on their patients.’

GPC Scotland announced that 264 points would be cut with money released recycled into core funding.

The deal follows a similar agreement for English practices signed last month. 

A new quality and safety QOF domain will retain anticipatory care plans and new areas of access, quality, integration and ongoing patient safety work.

Negotiators for the GPC and Scottish government also agreed an annual assessment of demand in general practice, a new liaison mechanism with health and social care integration partnerships, and annual quality programme reports for practices with three-yearly improvement visits.

GPC Scotland chairman Dr Alan McDevitt said he was pleased the government had recognised the unprecedented pressures and rising demand faced by GPs working with limited resources.

‘By reducing much of the unnecessary bureaucracy associated with the QOF, GPs will be freed to focus more on their patients.’

The new QOF domain, he added, would ensure practices continue to prioritise quality of care.

‘It is also part of the agreement to transfer funding released from the reduction in the QOF into practice core funding which will provide some much needed financial stability for GPs’, he added.

In England, a total of 341 QOF points – 38% of the total 900 on offer in 2013/14 – will be scrapped from April 2014.

GP leaders in Wales and Northern Ireland are putting the finishing touches to deals to slash QOF points.

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