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Heart Diseases: Health Services

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve access to angioplasty services in (a) Cumbria and (b) Lancaster. (292374)

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs) to plan, develop and improve health services according to the health care needs of their local populations. PCTs in Cumbria and Lancashire work closely with the Cumbria and Lancashire Cardiac Network to improve the quality of care for those affected by coronary heart disease. This is monitored by the PCTs and the North West strategic health authority in its role of overseeing performance.