Heart Disease (Batley and Spen)

Health written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of the Government's campaign to reduce heart disease in Batley and Spen.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The coronary heart disease (CHD) national service framework (NSF) was published in March 2000 and sets national standards for the prevention and treatment of CHD. In the West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority area, which includes Batley and Spen, around 25,900 people have quit smoking for at least four weeks with the help of local smoking cessation services since the publication of the NSF. In December 2002, 16 people were waiting over nine months for heart surgery. Today no-one is waiting over nine months. The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust will benefit from two new catheterisation laboratories at Pinderfields General Hospital and Dewsbury and District General Hospital.

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