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Health: Venous Thromboembolism

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 19 April 2007

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Ivan Lewis) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In June 2005 we published the Government's response to the second report of the House of Commons Health Committee on the prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitals. At the same time we announced that an independent expert working group would be set up to make recommendations on developing a national strategy on the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The report and recommendations of the expert group were presented to the Chief Medical Officer in July 2006.

We have given the expert group's recommendations thorough consideration and published the report today. The report has been placed in the Library.

It is clear from the expert group's report that introducing a VTE risk assessment for all patients on admission has the potential to save thousands of lives every year. We have therefore established an implementation working group which will develop a national risk assessment tool, and will provide leadership both within the NHS and the wider healthcare sector to assess what needs to be done to ensure that a VTE risk assessment of every patient on admission to hospital becomes a reality.