GP quality scores plummet
Dr Andreas Arvanitis estimates he has saved two extra lives and prevented three extra non-fatal heart attacks as a result of a pioneering audit of his patients.
Dr Arvanitis carried out a review of all his patients attending heart clinics and increased medication to meet CHD targets in the national service framework. A second audit, a year later, found their cholesterol fell by 0.24mmol/l and systolic blood pressure by 1.2mmHg. He said it had been hard work and had stretched the prescribing budget, but it was good to see deaths falling.
The audit was published in the British Journal of Cardiology (August).