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Experts welcome renal move

GPs will have to screen all their hypertension patients for chronic kidney disease to score points in the new framework.

Pulse understands that the proportion of hypertensive patients tested for serum creatinine will be a key indicator in the revised QOF.

There is also likely to be a treatment indicator among the 27 points for CKD, for the proportion of patients treated with antihypertensive drugs. Renal experts welcomed the inclusion of points for CKD and said they expected GPs would have to draw up a register and meet tough BP targets.

Dr Donal O'Donoghue, treasurer of the Renal Association, said: 'We would hope that would cover the ability for primary care to create a register using estimated GFR. That really drives the whole of the process.'

The association with the Royal College of Physicians submitted evidence to the review calling for a BP target of 140/85mmHg.

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