Northern Ireland GP practices come top in quality and outcomes framework (QOF) points, achieving more than English and Scottish surgeries.
Latest figures show that Northern Ireland GPs achieved 97.8% of the maximum QOF points available, in comparison with 97% in Scotland and 95.5% in England.
Dr Brian Dunn, chairman of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee in Northern Ireland, says he is delighted and proud that Northern Ireland GPs have achieved the highest results in the UK.
“They have proved how hard they are working to achieve these targets and by doing so they are improving the lives of patients,” he says.
He adds, however, that the BMA in Northern Ireland is concerned about the delays in implementing the Review of Public Administration (RPA).
“This review was designed to deliver savings for use in improving frontline patient care and further delays will negatively impact on this goal,” he says.
“We would urge the NI Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey MLA, to take forward urgently the much needed recommendations made by the RPA.”