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Officials check CHD progress

A Government review of GPs' progress towards targets in the national service framework for coronary heart disease began last week.

The Commission for Health Improvement and the Audit Commission have teamed up to gauge how well GPs are doing in meeting milestones for each standard. The inquiry will also aim to identify barriers that may be slowing progress and examine whether GPs have used resources effectively.

Some 26 areas in England have been randomly selected for review and auditors will be visiting PCTs to interview staff, carers and patients. The auditors will focus on primary care, community services, ambulances, NHS hospitals and local authorities.

Local reviews in Wales will begin next year because the national service framework in Wales has different targets and timeframes.

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