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Government plans new CVD strategy

Lansley announces ‘joined-up’ strategy to tackle cardiovascular disease

Louise Prime

Friday, 02 December 2011

The Government is planning a new strategy to tackle the UK’s burden of cardiovascular disease, the Health Secretary has announced.

Andrew Lansley told stroke experts from all disciplines, at this week’s conference of the UK Stroke Forum conference in Glasgow, that work is starting on a new ‘outcomes strategy’ that will build on existing policies and CVD quality standards to promote a ‘joined-up approach’ right across the NHS, public health and social care.

The British Heart Foundation welcomed his announcement. “Make no mistake; this new strategy is great news for everyone who is involved in the fight against cardiovascular disease. The previous strategy did great things and reduced the number of people dying from heart disease but we need a new approach,” said Professor Peter Weissberg, the charity’s medical director.

But he warned that the new strategy must also tackle racial and socioeconomic inequalities in CVD.

“Heart and circulatory disease is still the UK’s biggest killer and its burden weighs heavily on people living in disadvantaged circumstances and in particular ethnic groups. We hope combating these inequalities will be at the very centre of this new strategy,” he said.

“We also need to recognise cardiovascular disease as a long-term condition. Helping patients live well with their condition will not only improve their quality of life but also help keep people out of hospital at a time of increased financial pressure on the NHS.”

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