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Health secretary urges better management of chronic disease

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:688
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Better management of patients with long term conditions in a community setting could improve their lives, reduce emergency admissions, and reduce NHS costs, said England's health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, in a press statement.

    The health service could save more than £400m (€580m; $700m) a year if it reduced the number of unnecessary admissions of people with illnesses such as asthma, angina, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (conditions defined as “ambulatory care sensitive”). …

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