Blood: Cholesterol

Health written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Colin Challen Colin Challen Labour, Morley and Rothwell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the 11 spearhead areas in London towards (a) better detection and (b) more treatment of (i) high blood pressure and (ii) high blood cholesterol levels.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The new general medical services (GMS) contract specification encourages primary care practices to identify and treat patients with high blood pressure and to test and control cholesterol levels in patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes or stroke. The tables show the number of available points achieved against these indicators demonstrating that general practitioner practices are making good progress of improving these detection and treatment rates.

The applicable quality and outcomes framework (QOF) data has been placed in the Library.

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