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NHS advisers steer GPs from cox-2s

A GP has cut emergency COPD admissions by a quarter after spearheading a local scheme to target the disease.

Dr Noel O'Kelly, a GP in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, persuaded his PCT to provide cash incentives for running weekly COPD clinics, identifying new patients and improving patient adherence.

Dr O'Kelly, appointed a GP with a special interest in respiratory medicine six months ago, said the project had 'raised the bar' for practices. 'The local GPs are very proud of what they have done and secondary care are very happy.'

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