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Half of PCTs missing CHD risk targets

Nearly half of PCTs are failing to meet targets for the care of patients at risk of coronary heart disease.

The Healthcare Commission's annual health check found 47 per cent of PCTs had failed either to maintain up-to-date registers of patients at risk of CHD or to recall a proportion of such patients and review their care.

The target was in PCTs' local delivery plans for 2003/6.

The failure comes despite GPs' high achievement levels in treating and monitoring patients with CHD via the QOF.

Gary Needle, head of the annual health check at the commission, said: 'There's no doubt performance of GPs in the quality framework has increased but PCTs have more work to do making sure disease registers are put in place.'

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