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Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria her Department is using to decide which of the national projected revascularisation rate scenario models will be used within the NHS to achieve an appropriate rate by 2015; (123125)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1756W, on revascularisation, what assessment she has made of the likelihood of each scenario; on what criteria she bases this judgement; and when she expects to take a final decision on which scenario is used for planning purposes.

The rate of clinical change in this area is fast and techniques may well be transformed over the period to 2015, as they have over the last 10 years.

A number of different scenarios were used when the Department conducted a cardiac stock-take to review capacity issues in different parts of London and the south-east. They were not developed to be prescriptive about the intervention rates that should or would occur.