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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20776: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it measures the implementation of the recommendations of the Heart Disease Improvement Plan.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 17 January 2019

The Heart Disease Improvement Plan is overseen by, and has been the cornerstone of the work of, the National Advisory Committee on Heart Disease, Progress has been achieved in all the priority areas. In addition, the Scottish Health Survey monitors health in Scotland and is an important tool in measuring progress of the Plan. There has been a steady reduction in mortality rates of over 40% over the last ten years and these figures show that our strategy for tackling heart disease is delivering real improvements for patients.

The move to be part of the UK National Cardiac Audit Programme (NCAP) will allow Scottish data on performance in secondary and tertiary cardiac care to be audited and benchmarked to support a quality improvement approach to data collection. A draft application has been put forward to the Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health and Social Care with a view to obtaining permission for the patient identifiable data to be collected, and we anticipate being able to move forward with this as soon as this has been granted.