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Heart Disease

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the rate of ECG testing for heart disease per 1,000 of population in each of the district health authorities in the north-west region.

The available information is given in the table. Patients may be referred for an electrocardiogram to a district other than the one in which they reside. The rates per thousand population may therefore have little significance.

Requests for electrocardiograms1 (ECGs) and rates per thousand population, North Western region, 1988–89
District Health AuthorityECG requestPopulation estimates (000's)Requests per 1,000 population
Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde21,743320·067·9
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley13,381264·850·5
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale7,308228·332·0
West Lancashire10,196105·496·8
Chorley and South Ribble740196·83·8
North Manchester20,971139·7150·1
Central Manchester22,401122·4183·1
South Manchester48,424183·8263·4
Tameside and Glossop15,908247·064·4

District Health Authority

ECG request

Population estimates (000's)

Requests per 1,000 population


1 Request for a single diagnostic investigation on an individual, regardless of the number of ECGs involved. Requests for ambulatory ECG monitoring and exercise ECGs are included.


KH13 return.

Mid 1988 population estimates, Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the number of staff employed in ECG testing for heart disease in each district health authority in the north-west region.