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Scotland to abandon QOF in April 2016

The Scottish Government has announced that April 2016 will see the removal of all remaining Quality and Outcomes Framework points from the Scottish GP contract.

The Scottish Government has announced that April 2016 will see the removal of all remaining Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) points from the Scottish GP contract. The arrangement comes in advance of a new contract which will come into force in 2017; in the meantime, transitional arrangements for quality assurance will be put in place and all funding previously associated with QOF will transfer over to the core payment.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Today’s announcement of the removal of all QOF points from the next GP contract marks a significant shift towards placing more trust in the clinical judgement and professionalism of GPs.

“While over the years QOF has delivered many innovations, its time has passed and we must now look to a new and different future for GPs.

“This important change to the payments system will mean GPs can spend less time on paperwork, and get on with the job of treating patients who need them most.”

The announcement can be read in full here.

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