East London GPs amongst the best in the country

GPs in east London have scored top marks in the management of cardiovascular disease and are leading London and the UK in this work.

The standard of care expected of GPs is outlined in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). The QOF report for 2012/13 published at the end of October 2013 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) highlighted a range of areas that GPs in Tower Hamlets, Newham and the City and Hackney are excelling. 

The report shows that GPs in these areas are leading the UK in a range of areas as well as out-performing the large private health companies that provide health services in the United States of America (USA). It is a huge achievement for the GPs in Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets to out-perform the large and high-funded USA private health care providers.

The results of the QOF report showed that:

GPs in Tower Hamlets were:

  • the top performers in England for the management of blood pressure and cholesterol in people with diabetes and coronary heart disease.
  • in the top 10 in England for chronic kidney disease and hypertension.
  • first in London for blood pressure control in chronic kidney disease.
  • GPs in City and Hackney.
  • were the top performers in London for atrial fibrillation anticoagulant use.
  • achieved exceptional results for retinal screening in diabetes. They were second in London after Richmond.
  • were in the top five in London for cholesterol and blood pressure control in coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

GPs in Newham were:

  • in second place in London for cholesterol and blood pressure control in coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
  • in second place in London for blood pressure control in chronic kidney disease.

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, Chair of Newham CCG said:

“These results are good news for local people in Newham. They can be reassured by the high level of success in the services relating to cardiovascular disease. Newham GPs alongside those in Tower Hamlets are leading the way on blood pressure management for those with long-term conditions. This is excellent news for people in east London”.

Dr Sam Everington, Chair of Tower Hamlets CCG said:

“We’re delighted to see the success of GPs results in Tower Hamlets. It shows the level of commitment local doctors have for the care of their patients. Tower Hamlets GPs are leading the way in managing blood pressure for people with a range of health conditions. These results are excellent news for local people with long-term health conditions in in the borough and we’re confident of further future success”

Dr Clare Highton, Chair of City and Hackney CCG said:

“The results of the Quality and Outcomes Framework report are excellent news for the City and Hackney. Many people in the area have long-term conditions such as diabetes, so they will be very pleased to hear that local GPs working with nurses and other excellent local health services such as the diabetes centre at Homerton Hospital are delivering such high quality results. We are looking forward to building on these excellent results to continue to achieve this level of success and expand it into other areas of local health work.”