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Sharp rise in GP targets for diabetes by 2018

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General practices will be expected to work harder to address risk factors for diabetes, doubling the percentage of adults with type 2 diabetes who achieve NICE-recommended blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The DH has set a target for 40 per cent of patients with diabetes to be within NICE-recommended levels by 2018, almost double the current rate of 19.8 per cent.

It also recommends an increase in the number of patients receiving annual basic diabetes care processes, from 50 per cent to 80 per cent by 2018, which may be achieved by bundling QOF indicators.

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