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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who is responsible for providing cardiac rehabilitation in each primary care trust in England; and where that treatment is provided; (176984)

(2) what the average cost of providing cardiac rehabilitation was in (a) Surrey Primary Care Trust, (b) the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority and (c) England following (i) a heart attack, (ii) heart bypass surgery, (iii) angioplasty, (iv) angina, (v) heart failure, (vi) implantation of cardiac devices and (vii) arrhythmias in the last 12 months;

(3) what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation services; and if he will make a statement.

Chapter 7 of the “Coronary Heart Disease National Service Framework,” published in 2000, issued appropriate guidance to the national health service about the provision of cardiac rehabilitation services. Putting this into practice is a matter for the NHS, working in partnership with stakeholders and the local community. It is the responsibility of NHS organisations to plan, monitor and develop these services based on their specific local knowledge and expertise.

A new National Cardiac Rehabilitation Audit has been introduced across England, jointly sponsored by the British Heart Foundation and the Healthcare Commission. This will provide stronger evidence on effectiveness and encourage local areas to appraise and improve their provision of cardiac rehabilitation.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Audit stated that the average rehabilitation programme costs per patient have been approximately £550, allowing for inflation, since 2001.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received on cardiac rehabilitation since June 2007; and what meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) departmental officials have had on cardiac rehabilitation in that period. (176986)

The Department has regular contact with patient organisations, clinicians and other stakeholders involved in the championing and provision of cardiac rehabilitation services.