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I think Professor Williams is being pessimistic ­ I am not sure when the research was done but I would have thought most GPs are well aware that patients often need more than one drug to control their blood pressure and I would be surprised if 'GPs continue to use the majority of patients' (News, September 13).

Local practices in Wallasey have been working hard over the last two years to improve blood pressure control in the target population. As a matter of interest, our practice figures last week showed 65 per cent of hypertensives, 72 per cent of stroke and TIA patients, and 75 per cent of CHD patients have blood pressure below the target.

Dr Richard Smye


·As a practice we have some 1,962 patients who are our population for that element of the contract and currently we have 1,334 who meet the criteria a success rate of 68 per cent.

If we can work on another 40 patients we will be at the 70 per cent level.

Frank Cooke

Practice Business Manager



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