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Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1194W, on screening, when developmental work to identify an integrated set of tests will (a) start and (b) be completed. (184233)

It is expected that vascular risk assessment will involve a number of well-evidenced tests for cardio-vascular disease and diabetes risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol measurement, body mass index and blood glucose testing (where clinically indicated).

The developmental work required is to work out the most cost and clinically effective way of offering an integrated set of tests. This is currently under way. Departmental staff expect to be in a position soon to bring forward proposals for discussion with a wide range of stakeholders.