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Family doctors achieve outstanding QOF results

GPs in Scotland have been congratulated for achieving an average of 980.9 out of 1,000 under the GP contract QOF (quality and outcomes framework).

The average for 2011/12 is up from 976.3 the previous year.

BMA Scottish GPs committee chair Alan McDevitt said he was proud of the achievement of Scottish GPs, and the Scottish government should be as well.

He added: ‘Practices across Scotland have shown once again that they are working incredibly hard to meet these targets and to deliver high-quality care for patients.

‘These statistics translate into patients being diagnosed promptly and getting the treatment they need, leading to reduced hospital admissions and better outcomes all round.’

The figures were published by NHS National Services Scotland’s Information Services Division last week. They show that in 2011/12 the average QOF payment to a general medical services practice was £138,932, up from £132,592 the previous year.

The largest percentage increase in points gained was in the depression indicator group, where the average achievement was 91.6 per cent — up 3.2 per cent on the previous year.

Mixed picture in public health

The results of the latest Scottish health survey were published on the same day. This shows a mixed picture, with good news on more girls meeting recommendations on physical activity, but no significant change in the proportion of people eating the recommended daily intake of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables.

The figures also show a drop in adult smokers and in exposure to second-hand smoke.

Public health minister Michael Matheson welcomed the results, saying: ‘These findings show that Scotland’s health is improving.’