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Practices meet CHD targets ­ but at a price

Dr Stewart Findlay's PCT has managed to meet nearly all the targets for coronary heart disease in the new contract ­

but at a cost to the prescribing budget and other services.

Dr Findlay, a GP in Bishop Auckland, and chair of Durham Dales PCT's professional executive committee, said the 12 practices in the trust had been focusing on heart disease for four years and employed two nurses to deal exclusively with secondary prevention clinics.

More than two-thirds of CHD patients have lowered their cholesterol below

5mmol/l but Dr Findlay said: 'Our prescribing budgets have been hit and growth for other services next year will be affected.'

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