GP appointments will rise unless CHD quality targets are changed

GP appointments for CHD will rise by 40 per cent by 2020 unless the GMS quality framework is changed, according to a report by the charity Heart UK.

GPs could face an extra 678,000 appointments every year, it warns.

Professor Andrew Neil, chairman of Heart UK, warns that although the NHS had made fantastic improvements in preventing deaths from heart disease, the number of people developing and living with CHD is spiralling and could result in the government 'sleepwalking into a potential health crisis'.

The report states that primary care is uniquely placed to address the crisis in CHD and recommends areas of immediate action for the government.

The report calls for full implementation of the Joint British Societies (JBS2) guideline and inclusion of a total level of cholesterol of 4mmol/l as a quality target.

The current GMS quality framework states that the total level of cholesterol should be lowered to 5mmol/l.

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