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BP workload to soar in black patients

Dr Robert Morley sees several patients with hypertension in every surgery. As a GP in an inner-city Birmingham practice with a high proportion of Afro-Caribbean patients, he has seen prescribing bills for cardiovascular disease soar in recent years.

But that will not prevent him following the new JBS guidelines rather than NICE, even though he knows prescribing costs and workload are bound to rise further.

'Prescribing budgets are irrelevant,' he said. 'We do the best for our patients and hope that eventually the funding will follow. Most NICE guidance has to be taken with a pinch of salt and for practical purposes it's not very satisfactory.'

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