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NSF overload blamed as GPs miss target

The GPC has blamed national service framework overload for the failure of more than two-thirds of GPs to meet a key target for reviewing medicines for older people.

The report said overall there had been 'good pro-gress' on implementing the NSF for older people but medication review was still an 'area for improvement'.

By April last year, all over-75s were supposed to have their medication reviewed at least annually, with those taking four or more medicines reviewed every six months.

GPC prescribing sub-committee member Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a GP in Stanmore, Middlesex, said: 'GPs have been inundated with a plethora of Government targets, directives and NICE guidelines. It doesn't surprise me that some national service framework standards are going to take longer to become established than others.'

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