Scotland first to abolish bureaucratic system of GP payments
Tuesday December 15th, 2015
Scotland will become the first country in the UK to completely abolish the existing burdensome system of GP payments, freeing up GPs to spend more time with patients.
The new arrangements will significantly reduce the bureaucratic burden on GPs –
reducing workload and freeing up GP time to spend with patients. There will also be transitional arrangements for quality assurance, ahead of a brand new Scottish GP contract coming into force in 2017.
All funding associated with the previous Quality Outcome Framework (QOF) system will transfer over to the core payment, ensuring there will be no reduction in the amount of money GP practices receive.
Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomed the agreement reached with the BMA and said that the UK Government will continue to work constructively with the profession to ensure primary care gets the support it needs.
The announcement comes ahead of a debate on community health services in the Scottish Parliament, where the Health Secretary will outline her priorities for GPs and the wider primary care and community team over the next few years.
Ms Robinson further added:
“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.
I’m pleased that, jointly with the BMA’s Scottish General Practioners’ Committee, we have delivered a good settlement for GPs for the next year. I hope the constructive working relationship we have with the profession will continue as we begin negotiations next year for a brand new Scottish GP contract from 2017.”
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