- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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MIKE HEDGES WELCOMES ACTION TO HELP GPs DURING WINTER PERIOD
Welsh Labour’s Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has taken action to relieve pressure on GPs during the busier than usual winter period.
Mike Hedges said.. ‘We are all aware of the pressure on GP’s during the winter period and this support is very welcome. I hope that it will enable GP’s to focus on the chronically ill who need their attention at this time of year’
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Vaughan Gething, in partnership with BMA Wales, has taken the decision that the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) element of the GP contract will be relaxed until 31 March 2017.
This move will create more capacity for GPs and practice nurses to manage their most vulnerable and chronically sick patients during the winter period where there is a significant increase in demand for their services.
Instead of patients being called in for routine appointments automatically at the busiest time of the year, doctor and practice nurse’s time will be freed up to see patients, prioritising those urgently requesting appointments because they are ill.
No GP practice will lose out financially as a result of this QOF relaxation.