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Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Prime Minister’s announcement of 8 January 2008, what form of test will be used to screen people for (a) heart disease, (b) kidney disease, (c) stroke and (d) diabetes; and what criteria will apply to whether people will be offered surgery in each case. (177951)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: As the Prime Minister announced on the 7 January, the Department is currently developing proposals for a screening programme. Any such programme will use an assessment of risk based on a range of known predictive factors including age, gender, smoking status, body mass index, high blood pressure, and cholesterol and glucose, as appropriate. The subject of developmental work at the moment is to make an assessment of the most clinically and cost effective way of offering an integrated set of these tests and measurements. The purpose of the screening programme will be to identify people’s levels of risk for cardiac and vascular disease so that they can be offered preventive measures. Should already established disease be uncovered in the process treatment will be offered as usual in accordance with clinical need and on the basis of current national clinical standards and guidelines.