Scottish GPs urge GPC to stop unfunded QOF changes

Scottish GPs have urged the GPC to ensure that future QOF targets are evidence based and not political.

GPs at the Scottish LMCs conference in Glasgow yesterday afternoon unanimously passed a raft of motions slamming QOF changes and demanded further changes be accompanied by a ‘realistic increase in resources’.

Lothian GP Steven Haigh, who put forward the motions, said it is time for the conference to make stand against indicators that weren’t evidence based.

One of the motions demanded the Scottish GPC and GPC insist there will be no further changes to the QOF unless accompanied by a realistic increase of resources.

Dr Haigh told the conference that they needed to take action to stop QOF from becoming a ‘noose around GPs’ necks’.

He added: ‘We appeared to have accepted groups of QOF indicators that fail to accept we are doing extra work.

‘It is like a colleague said to me "it is like telling Tesco that it must provide my basic groceries so I can buy something new".

‘It is time to stop the rot.’

Another QOF motions stated it believed ‘the present quality and productivity indicators are not evidence based and undermine the QOF’.

In another section Borders GP Dr Tim Young, said it was time to ‘draw the line’ on appraisal and revalidation, and was successful in his bid to pass a motion calling for remediation to be properly resourced.

His motion stating that ‘remediation is able to be provided without financial penalty to the individual GP’s practice’ was also passed.

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