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GPs pressured over epilepsy care plans

The Government plans to launch a drive to encourage more GPs to specialise in neurology as part of a high-profile epilepsy action plan.

The £1.2 million two-year plan was launched last week in response to a damning audit that found shortcomings in primary care may have contributed to a substantial number of preventable epilepsy deaths.

The Department of Health will work with the RCGP to train more GPs and practice nurses with a special interest in neurology.

The Government also promised to launch National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines on the diagnosis and management of epilepsy next year.

But epilepsy charities criticised the failure of the action plan to set targets for cutting preventable deaths.

The NICE audit reviewed more than 2,000 epilepsy-

related deaths.

Some 59 per cent of child deaths and 39 per cent of adult deaths in the review were considered to be potentially avoidable.

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