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Cholesterol target won't get tougher

GPs' cholesterol targets will not be toughened up in the next round of QOF negotiations, the Department of Health has revealed.

The department released

a statement clarifying that

national policy remained the national service framework for coronary heart disease, with its total cholesterol target of 5mmol/l.

It followed the mistaken belief in some parts of the NHS that national policy was now the new Joint British Societies' recommended 4mmol/l target.

There were fears the Government might be tempted to ratchet up pressure on GPs by toughening up the QOF target, particularly as Scottish guidance is also to recommend the lower cholesterol threshold.

But a letter from heart tsar Professor Roger Boyle made clear that national policy – and the QOF target – would not change until NICE releases its guidance on lipid management in December 2007.

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