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Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the quality and outcomes framework to calibrate rewards to GPs reflecting preventative treatment given to patient groups at high risk of coronary heart disease as well as groups of patients with coronary heart disease. (254351)

The agreement between NHS Employers and the British Medical Association on the GP contract for 2009-10 included new Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators addressing seven clinical priorities, including two new indicators for cardiovascular disease primary prevention. These new indicators will reward practices for carrying out a cardiovascular risk assessment and providing lifestyle advice for patients with a new diagnosis of hypertension.

The Department has asked the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to oversee a new independent and transparent process for developing and reviewing QOF clinical and health improvement indicators for England from 1 April 2009 as part of their role in providing guidance for the national health service based on evidence of clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness. We launched a public consultation on the proposed new process on 30 October 2008. The consultation ended on 2 February. Subject to the outcome of that consultation, any proposal for further changes to QOF indicators would need to be considered under that new process.