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Lung Spirometry

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include lung spirometry testing in the health MOT screening programme. (245771)

The purpose of the vascular check programme, is to identify the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, and for this risk to managed by appropriate follow up. The parameters and tests used in a vascular check include blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) and are based on economic modelling undertaken by the Department to help ensure the most clinically effective and cost-effective format for the checks. However, we will keep the components of the vascular health check under review as new evidence emerges in future.