NSF for COPD expected by 2008

An NSF for the management of COPD is to be developed to improve diagnosis and treatment of COPD and reduce variability of care across England and Wales, the DoH announced this week.

The NSF, expected in 2008, is to be developed by an expert reference group chaired by Professor Peter Caverley, president of the British Thoracic Society, and Professor Sue Hill, chief scientific officer at the DoH. The group will include health professionals, managers, carers and patients.

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt said: 'The NSF will support improvements in standards, tackle the current inequalities in COPD care and ensure that patients are able to access the services they need, when and where they need them.'

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