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Ministers act on GPs' concerns around ACR availability

Ministers are reviewing its current policies concerning provision of NICE-recommended lab tests for diagnosing kidney disease in Wales following concerns raised by local GP leaders about their lack of availability. 

The Welsh Government said there was a ‘significant cost implication’ in following the NICE guidance on providing urine albumin: creatinine ratio tests for early detection of hypertension or chronic kidney disease, and it is reviewing the evidence base for the recommendation after problems were raised by LMCs.

Both Bro Taf LMC and North Wales LMC had said that there was funding for people with diabetes for the test – which detects and identifies proteinuria – but not for those with hypertension or renal problems, which meant GPs cannot conform to NICE recommendations.