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Heart Disease

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will initiate research into the reasons why more people die of heart disease in Scotland than any other part of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

This is a subject receiving much attention from my Department. A working group recommended last year that a unit for ischaemic heart disease epidemiology should be set up in Scotland to intensify research in this area. Proposals for the unit have been obtained from the four Scottish medical schools and these are now under consideration.