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Heart Diseases: Health Services

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the merits of an integrated strategy for the prevention, treatment and care of (a) heart disease, (b) stroke, (c) diabetes and (d) kidney disease; and if he will make a statement. (258443)

There already exist well-established national service frameworks for diabetes, kidney disease and coronary heart disease and a national stroke strategy was launched in December 2007. All four of these strategies include a focus on prevention. A vascular risk assessment and management programme is under development at present. This will target the group of modifiable risk factors shared by these four conditions. The analytical modelling and evidence base underpinning this programme indicate that there are significant health gains to be made in this area. No recent assessment has been made of the potential benefits of integrating treatment and care in respect of diagnosed cases of these conditions. However there is considerable opportunity for sharing examples in generic areas, such as support for people living with a chronic condition, across these four disease groups.