QOF Hike

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helen Wilkinson-Makey

Dear Department of Health,

Following on from the story in PULSE please could provide me with the names of doctors advising the DH on the hike in QOF thresholds.

Additionally please provide me with all supporting references to support the hike QOF hike thresholds.

The PULSE article to which this request refers is here: http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/practice-bus...

Can you also me on what mechanisms the DH intends to put in place to ensure patient autonomy and the right for patients to be Exception Reported?

Will the DH be ensuring that there is a patient publicity campaign and supporting patient literature and information to explain that patients can chose to be Exception Reported?

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Yours faithfully,

helen Wilkinson-Makey

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Our ref: DE00000734412 
Dear Ms Wilkinson-Makey, 
Please see attached the Department of Health's response to your Freedom of
Information request.

Yours sincerely,
Jamie Scott
Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Health

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