Heart and Circulatory Diseases: Premature Deaths

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:57 pm on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Dean Russell Dean Russell Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art 4:57, 22 February 2024

I thank the Minister for her response to the debate, and all the contributors, including the hon. Members for North West Leicestershire (Andrew Bridgen) and for Strangford (Jim Shannon), my hon. Friends the Members for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) and for Shipley (Philip Davies), and the incredibly moving points raised by Mark Tami. I truly wish his son the best of health—he is in the right place in Harefield Hospital. I also remember the joy of seeing Amy Callaghan, my hon. Friend, when she returned. We were on the Health and Social Care Committee when we first joined Parliament, and it was a joy when she returned. I am pleased she is doing so well.

Several themes came out today, and one that several Members raised was about transparency and data. The more transparency we have in data, the easier it is to calm people’s concerns. The three outcomes are about protection, including through education, and ensuring that we protect our society and that people know the harm they might be doing to themselves. We must focus on that area, as well as on opportunities to break through with research. I thank the Minister for the work the Government are doing, and if anyone at home is worried, they should get checked. If they are concerned that they have symptoms, they should get them looked at. It is better to get rid of fears before the event than to wait for them to become a reality and have to deal with the outcomes of that. I thank all contributors, and I hope everybody has learned something from today’s debate.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered premature deaths from heart and circulatory diseases.