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Heart Diseases

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to replace the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease; and if he will make a statement. (252577)

Although the Coronary Heart Disease National Service Framework (CHD NSF), launched in March 2000, was a 10-year plan of action, heart services must continue to develop after March 2010. The Department is currently considering how it might best support the national health service to build on the considerable success of the CHD NSF.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the targets set under the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease have not yet been met. (252586)

The National Service Framework (NSF) for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, does not contain any specific targets but it does recommend 12 Standards of care for CHD. The national health service (NHS) has made good progress in all areas but further improvements are needed in the management of heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation. NHS Improvement is taking forward national priority projects in these areas to support the NHS.

The publication of the NSF CHD led to this public service agreement target—to improve the health of the population by substantially reducing the mortality rates by 2010, (from the Our Healthier Nation baseline 1995-97) from heart disease and stroke related diseases by at least 40 per cent. in people under 75.

This target was met five years ahead of schedule. Death rates from cardiovascular disease for people under age 75 are down by 44 per cent. from 1995-97 baseline, saving nearly 33,000 lives in 2007, compared to 1996.