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NICE recommends introduction of 10% statin threshold into QOF despite GP opposition

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I really don't think this is appropriate language. You should know better. Hardly - many people are genuinely concerned about the effects of medicalizing so many people with this trendy 'pre-disease' and the risks of over-treatment. It's fairly obvious that this threshold has been lowered as a proxy pay-cut to GPs as the target will be damn near impossible to achieve. As for the headline, I this it's rather inflammatory, since NICE isn't forcing anyone to take anything. Again, not true. NICE have once again rode rough-shod over the medical profession's advice which is why this magazine wrote an article about NICE becoming a 'laughing stock'. Furthermore as we know, QOF has a tenancy towards mission creep tightening up target definitions year on year.

Posted date

01 Jun 2015

Posted time

5:19pm

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