The DESs for heart failure, osteoporosis, learning disabilities, harmful drinking, and recording ethnicity, funded by £50 million, were first announced by the DoH back in May.
The letter states that the DES for heart failure will involve improving both the quality and length of life of patients with left ventricular dysfunction through the use of beta-blockers.
GPs should identify and treat women with osteoporosis and take a history of fragility fracture appropriately.
Patients with learning disabilities should receive an annual health check that includes a physical examination and medication review.
The harmful drinking DES will be aimed at newly registered patients aged 16 and over identified as having problem drinking and delivering an evidence based brief intervention to those identified as drinking at hazardous or harmful levels.
The ethnicity DES will cover more comprehensive ethnicity recording of patients over a two-year period.
The BMA adds that the changes to the statement of financial entitlements to implement the new DESs will come into effect from October.
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