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Vital differences between persisting and expiring codes

There are a few points I would like to make regarding the Q&O Read codes.

lThe blue books sent to each GP are now incorrect in many areas and must not be relied upon.

lThere are significant practical and financial benefits to practices from understanding the differences between the 'persisting' and 'expiring' exception codes. Hardly any published articles make this point nor list the persisting codes, which, once added, cause a practice to score points permanently.

lThere are no official 'preferred' Read codes. All codes published on the Department of Health website are equally valid.

lThe code for diabetic peripheral neuropathy screening is 66Ac, not 66AC as published in Pulse (June 7).

lThe definitive guide to what is and is not acceptable for each of the 11 areas is available at www.makeashorterlink.com/?L64042418

Dr Simon Clay

Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands

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