The row follows a critique of the guideline in the International Journal of Clinical Practice by Kent GP Dr Rubin Minhas, CHD lead for Medway PCT.
In it he claims the guideline is 'low quality' and questions the sponsorship-driven nature of the six societies responsible for drawing up the guidelines.
'JBS2 is an old-fashioned guideline that was not produced according to a formal process that is robust, transparent or independent,' Dr Minhas told GP.
But chairman of the JBS2 guidelines Professor David Wood said the criticism was 'unfounded'.
'It is a jaundiced view of professional organisations that have a long history of promoting best practice for patients,' he said.
In a detailed reply to be published in the same journal as Minhas's critique, the six societies defended the 'fit for purpose' approach they took to developing the guidelines instead of the traditional hierarchical method.
This meant lifestyle interventions were given as much weight as drugs, they said.
GPs will be focusing their efforts on those highest risk individuals,' they wrote.
Int J Clin Pract 2007; 6: 1,137-44
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