DoH jeopardises clinical improvements to quality of framework

Politics could ruin the quality of medicine for those who need it most thanks to the negotiation breakdown, according to GPs.

Heart failure treatment with beta-blockers, peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and osteoporosis were all put forward for inclusion in the quality framework by the expert review panel, which had worked its way through 153 submissions.

Evidence has shown improved outcomes for heart failure patients given beta-blockers, but the current quality framework only pays GPs for prescribing angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors.

Another blow to the cardiovascular domains is the omission of PVD. For the second consecutive year the area has been recommended for inclusion. An estimated 60 per cent of patients with the condition will die from an MI and 12 per cent from stroke.

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) said that without osteoporosis in the quality framework, the care of 3 million elderly people would be undermined.

The DoH wants quality points for extended hours and not new clinical areas.

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