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Cardiovascular System: Health Services

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential of telemedicine as an effective and affordable tool for carrying out vascular checks for those aged between 40 to 74 years; (201367)

(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.