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S5W-20367: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with the Heart Disease Improvement Plan since 2014, and what plans it has to refresh the plan.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 18 December 2018

The number of new cases of coronary heart disease (CHD) has decreased by 27% between 2007 and 2017. Even more importantly, the mortality rate has also decreased by 40% in the last 10 years. This indicates that the Scottish Government’s Heart Disease Improvement Plan (HDIP) (2014) for tackling heart disease is delivering real improvements.

The Plan has been the cornerstone of the work of the National Advisory Committee on Heart Disease (NACHD) and progress has been achieved in all the priority areas.

The Scottish Government will consider whether it is necessary to refresh the Plan in 2019.