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58% of GPs warn QOF productivity targets exert 'inappropriate' pressure.
QOF productivity targets have put excessive pressure on GPs to slash hospital admissions and referrals, a GP poll reveals.
A total of 58% of GPs responding to the survey said they had experienced 'inappropriate' pressure to cut admissions from the quality and productivity indicators introduced last year.
Just 15% of the 667 GPs surveyed believe the targets have benefited patients.
The indicators, which account for 10% of all QOF points, were unveiled less than a month before the 2011/12 GP contract began, bypassing the usual two-year NICE appraisal process.