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CQC to publish practices’ antibiotic and benzodiazepine prescribing data

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The deprived areas generally have more ABx and Benzodiazepine prescription and hence it will hit deprived areas disproportionately. As usual with CQC`s agenda this is targeting a certain group of doctors who work in deprived areas. Now we know CQC`s real agenda. This data is already available publicly on HSCIC websiteand previously in NHS comparators and CCG`s are aware of same already. The proportion of patients with mental health problems vary between practices by several fold and this has a effect on Benzodiazepine prescription rates. Patients cannot interpret this data meaningfully without seeing the proportion of patients who have depression/anxiety and other mental health problems and hence of little use for public rating. This can be given to CCG`s or LMC`s and they can interpret same based on various factors such a university, deprived areas, immigration, transient populations (holiday resorts) etc. Taken in isolation this is meaningless and if CQC doesn`t know that its pathetic as Americans say- You do the math!

Posted date

07 Oct 2014

Posted time

3:13pm

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