Speaking about today’s QOF figures, Dr Alan Stout, BMA NI GP committee chair said, “The publication of these figures today clearly shows that even in exceptionally difficult circumstances during a pandemic, and with a contract freeze when practices were rightly not asked to chase these targets, they have still achieved very highly and prioritised what is clinically important for patients.
“This should be a learning point going forwards. Practices are currently being asked to chase all of these targets again. The monitoring and recording of these figures takes up a disproportionate amount of practice time, taking staff away from more important jobs and reducing the amount of time where they could be engaged in more meaningful work that is more centred on patient access.
“We are pleased that the Department are going to offer practices in difficulty the option to ask for a freeze, and we would urge them to keep this under constant review and be prepared to implement a workforce-wide freeze if necessary.”
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