Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

Health written question – answered on 9th March 2010.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of bringing forward the timetable for full implementation of the NHS abdominal aortic screening programme, with particular reference to (a) feasibility, (b) cost and (c) the likely effects on mortality rates of the early implementation of that programme.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

Immediate implementation was considered as an option and a full analysis of the cost and mortality rates of this approach was made and compared to the analysis of phased implementation. However in common with all other national screening programmes, this programme needs to have a managed national roll out to realise the benefits of the combination of screening to safe and effective standards. Early implementation would not have allowed sufficient time to reorganise treatment services in order to minimise mortality and morbidity in patients having planned surgery.

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