Charities split on indicator proposals

Epilepsy and Down's syndrome charities have welcomed new proposed indicators for QOF, but Diabetes UK has raised concerns about the proposed changes.

Healthcare for adults with Down's syndrome is patchy at present, Carol Boys, chief executive for the Down's Syndrome Association said.

'Consistent, planned monitoring of thyroid health within the population of adults with Down's syndrome can only help improve long-term health.'

Epilepsy Action's deputy chief executive, Simon Wigglesworth said it was 'vital' that women have the opportunity to discuss family planning options with a healthcare professional.

'We sincerely hope this indicator is adopted next year to help reduce the risks to mothers and their children,' he said.

However, Diabetes UK said that proposed changes to BP indicators could leave people with existing complications at risk if patients are not supported to achieve tighter treatment targets.

The charity also said it was unclear what the rationale was for suggesting retirement of a record of eGFR or serum creatinine in diabetes patients, since it was not paired with an outcome indicator.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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