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General Practitioners: Standards

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the overall cost to the public purse in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 of reviewing the quality and outcomes framework. (184554)

NHS Employers are funded by the Department to take forward negotiations with the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association on changes to the General Medical Services Contract. Funding is not identified separately for the review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) except for a contract for a period of three years starting from April 2006 to commission an independent expert panel to advise on the review of the QOF. The total value of the contract for the three-year period is £799,364 (excluding VAT).