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Blood Cholesterol

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to set targets for reducing blood cholesterol levels in England to the same level as that indicated in the guidelines produced by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. (124778)

The Department’s policy on cholesterol targets is set out in the national service framework for coronary heart disease, and reflected in key drivers of practice such as the quality and outcomes framework of the general medical service contract.

The guidelines produced by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network are welcomed as a contribution to policy development. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently working on guidance on lipid management, due out later this year. That guidance will set out any revisions to current policy on targets for controlling cholesterol.