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Kidney Patients

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for reducing levels of late diagnosis of chronic renal failure. (253575)

The quality requirements of National Service Framework for renal services aim to minimise the impact of chronic kidney disease in its early stages.

Since 2006 the Quality and Outcomes Framework has encouraged general practitioners to identify people in the earlier stages of chronic kidney disease. This can help to postpone or prevent the onset of end stage renal failure, a serious condition which can lead to death if untreated. Treatment of end stage renal failure can include transplantation or dialysis (renal replacement therapy or RRT).

In addition, the vascular checks programme will put in place an integrated, systematic, population-wide vascular risk assessment and management programme for those between the ages of 40 and 74. This national programme will assess people's risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease and offer individually tailored prevention. Phased implementation will begin from April 2009-10. This programme has the potential to detect at least 20,000 cases of diabetes or kidney disease earlier, allowing individuals to be better managed and improving their quality of life.