Heart and Circulatory Diseases: Premature Deaths

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:53 pm on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Mark Tami Mark Tami Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 3:53, 22 February 2024

The hon. Gentleman mentioned the work of Harefield Hospital. My son has been at Harefield for four months after having a heart transplant just before Christmas; it has been a very traumatic time. I would like to place on record the incredible support and care the hospital provides. I also want to say that we think of heart attacks, heart failure and similar conditions as affecting people my age—maybe people a bit younger or a bit older—but heart failure and heart conditions can affect young people as well. We must not have lazy diagnoses where people think just because somebody is young, they cannot possibly have heart issues, cancer or other issues. As I said, I really want to put on record the great support that Harefield Hospital provides.