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Angina: Medical Treatments

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment (a) her Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has made of the use of enhanced external counter pulsation treatment for angina; (140705)

(2) which primary care trusts fund the provision of enhanced external counter pulsation treatment;

(3) what assessment she has made of the availability of enhanced external counter pulsation treatment for individuals with angina in (a) South East Essex primary care trust and (b) primary care trusts which do not provide enhanced external counter pulsation treatment.

Enhanced external counter pulsation (EECP) is not routinely offered to patients with angina by the national health service. There is currently insufficient evidence on the benefits of using EECP to treat angina. Although there is currently insufficient evidence, should this situation change the position can be reviewed. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence were made aware of EECP in 2004, but were unable to pursue an appraisal.

Most central funding is allocated directly to local primary care trusts (PCTs) and health authorities. Individual PCTs are responsible for funding services that reflect the priorities and needs of the local population. The Department is unable to comment on the funding decisions each PCT makes.