The UK National Screening Committee, which advises the Government on all aspects of screening, does not recommend population screening for abnormal heart conditions, as current evidence does not support this.
Although I welcome the fact that the condition is included in the national service framework for coronary heart disease, is the Minister aware that sudden cardiac death kills eight fit young people under 35 each week in this country, and that the charity CRY—Cardiac Risk in the Young—which was set up 10 years ago, has introduced four screening centres and donated more than £400,000-worth of cardiac equipment to GP surgeries and hospitals? Why will the Government not recognise the condition and set up a national screening programme?
I have already answered that question. The UK National Screening Committee does not recommend that course of action, and we take expert advice. The hon. Lady is right to say that there is a new chapter in the national service framework on arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death, which was published only on