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NICE statins plan is 'unsustainable' for GPs, says BMA official response


This is not about arguing whether the recommendation is justified . This is about feasibility :- (1) lower the threshold to 'act' and hence prevent is generally welcome for all diseases . You can say the same thing about COPD, diabetes etc. BUT (2) one needs a HOLISTIC approach ,not one single measure. (3) Then where are the reserves and resources to do so? Invest and give every practice an extra practice nurse?(shall we call her the 10% CVD risk nurse)That will not happen with this government anyway! (4) To say there is absolutely no side effect with statin is naive and irresponsible . No drug is without any side effect . In fact , side effect of statin should be around the 15% figure . (5) Hence, extra effort is necessary to deal with that by primary care. It is easy for academics to send down 'holy' prescription from the top of the ivory tower without realising how difficult it is in the frontline. Pushing this forward blindly without obtaining a proper consensus amongst medical colleagues is 'Stalinisation' instead of the originally planned 'Statinisation'....

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05 Apr 2014

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