(2) what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of telemedicine pharmacies to meeting the Government's programme of free vascular checks for those aged 40 to 74 years.
On 1 April 2008, the Department published ‘Putting Prevention First’; a copy of this publication is available in the Library. This outlined initial analysis which confirmed that a programme to reach everybody between the ages of 40 and 74, to check their vascular risk and provide them with an individual assessment, would be both clinically effective and cost-effective.
The next step is to develop an implementation and delivery programme with key stakeholders. We will be considering different options for delivering vascular checks involving a range of providers, including pharmacies.