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The pharmaceutical industry and NHS organisations have jointly launched a framework to rally support for health initiatives sponsored by drug companies.

The framework, released in the wake of criticism by MPs over drug industry influence in the NHS, said initiatives such as funding nurses to help set up COPD registers helped patients and practices.

Richard Baker, director general of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said: 'These projects are not intended, as some cynics suggest, to just sell more medicines.'

But Dr Des Spence, a GP in Glasgow, said: 'You have to question whether you can have a true partnership because our goals and outlook are different to the industry.'

National Association of

Primary Care chief executive Eric McCullough said GPs who were suspicious of drug firms had a 'foolish attitude'.

The NHS Alliance and NHS Confederation were also involved in the framework.

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