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Heart Diseases: Health Services

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the independent evaluation of patients' experience, the workforce implications and the costings of a national primary angioplasty service has been completed. (240355)

The independent evaluation of patient experience and workforce implications and the economic evaluation of primary angioplasty was published on 20 October 2008 by the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation Programme. The costings of the national roll out of primary angioplasty were published as part of the Impact Assessment for the best practice guidance, "Treatment of Heart Attack National Guidance" on the same date.

Copies of these reports have been placed in the Library and can be found on the following websites:

http://www.sdo.nihr.ac.uk/sdo1202006.html

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_089455

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cardiac rehabilitation programmes in England have contributed to the national audit of cardiac rehabilitation; (240363)

(2) what recent assessment he has made of adequacy of cardiac rehabilitation services in England.

The Department does not collect information about the number of cardiac rehabilitation programmes in England who have contributed to the national audit of cardiac rehabilitation, and the quality of service provided.

This information is available in the annual national audit of cardiac rehabilitation's (NACR) 2008 annual report which can be found on the NACR's website:

www.cardiacrehabilitation.org.uk/dataset.htm.

We do need to focus our attention on improving cardiac rehabilitation services. Chapter Seven of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease, published in 2000, issued appropriate guidance to the national health services regarding the provision of cardiac rehabilitation services. Implementation of this guidance is a matter for the local NHS, working in partnership with stakeholders and the local community. It is for NHS organisations to plan and develop services based on their specific local knowledge and expertise.