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GP leaders keep pressure on reducing bureaucracy

Any changes to GP patient care indicators need to reduce bureaucracy, the BMA has insisted.

BMA GPs committee chair Chaand NagpaulGP leaders made the call as a public consultation opened on 10 possible new QOF (quality and outcomes framework) indicators for 2015/16.

The suggestions by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) include five indicators directly related to hypertension and one indicator which groups together a host of diabetes care processes.

The BMA GPs committee will be responding to the consultation, the results of which will be considered by NICE’s QOF advisory committee before any recommendations are made.

GPC chair Chaand Nagpaul (pictured above) said: ‘Contract negotiations for this year’s QOF indicators were a significant step towards reducing bureaucracy.

‘Any future changes need to continue on this pathway towards reducing — not increasing — bureaucracy. We need to move away from a target-driven culture to allow GPs time to respond to clinical need rather than box-ticking.

‘[Some of] NICE’s proposed indicators were rejected in this year’s negotiations as part of the drive to free up GPs’ time to treat patients holistically.’

The final QOF indicators will be determined through negotiation between the GPC and government.

NICE has responsibility for managing the development of new indicators.

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