Doctors needs tougher targets to reduce heart disease further, says watchdog

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3852
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The healthcare watchdog is calling on GPs and primary care commissioners in England to increase their efforts to tackle heart disease and says there should be tougher targets for incentive payments.

    A study by the Care Quality Commission on the performance of 8300 GP practices and 152 primary care trusts to cut deaths from heart disease and reduce inequalities found that death rates have fallen largely because of reductions in smoking and cholesterol levels.

    The government has already met its target to cut total deaths among people under 75 by at least 40% by 2010 and is on track to meet …

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