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Reform the QOF to help tackle obesity

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The QOF should reward GPs for how effectively they tackle obesity, the National Obesity Forum has said.

Currently, the only QOF indicator that directly targets obesity rewards practices for registering the number of obese people that they see, not what they do to address the problem.

Speaking at a parliamentary reception entitled 'Obesity: the real costs', Dr Matt Capehorn, clinical director of the forum, said: 'Drawing a register will not prevent a single overweight person from developing type-2 diabetes or a single obese person from having a heart attack.

We want to reform the QOF to reward GPs who guide overweight and obese patients into clinically proven weight-management programmes.'

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