Published: 10/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5942 Page 9

Health minister Rosie Winterton launched part two of the national service framework for renal services last week with recommendations in three main areas. The NSF focuses on helping primary care staff spot the early signs of chronic kidney disease; encouraging the NHS to reinforce National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines to reduce acute renal failure; and extending palliative care practice to people with renal failure near the end of their lives.

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