LMCs condemn screening programme for over 40s

A motion condemning the DoH national screening programme for over 40s was passed easily this morning, after GPC negotiator Chaand Nagpaul told delegates it was 'policy by political announcement'.

 ‘There was absolutely no discussion with us as a profession,' he said.

 The motion argued that current vascular screening plans would drain resources from the sick and be used on the ‘worried well'.

Speaking against the motion, Dr John Ashcroft, from Derbyshire LMC, said those at risk ‘should be a little worried'.

One in four of people at risk will have a heart attack, and could be saved by relatively cheap treatment, he claimed.

‘Every patient on a packet of statins will save about 10 times that amount than if they had to be treated in hospital - but the resources need to go into general practice,' said Dr Ashcroft.

But Dr Nagpaul argued that the policy would not target those at risk, and GPs would end up explaining patient's cholesterol levels to them after they have been screened in a pharmacy.

 tom.ireland@haymarket.com

 

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