Kidney Diseases: Ethnic Groups

Department of Health written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's strategy is for addressing the disproportionally higher incidence of kidney disease from BAME communities.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Health Service Health Check programme raises awareness of kidney disease among participants by assessing and discussing, among others, the risk factors for this disease with participants. Local authorities can commission the programme to target those populations most at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as black and ethnic minority groups.

Public Health England's (PHE’s) recent publication Tackling high blood pressure: from evidence into action highlights the links between hypertension and kidney disease and sets out PHE’s ambition for improving the prevention, detection and management of high blood pressure across England.

A Renal Specialised Commissioning Intelligence Dataset is being produced and will focus on indicators along the pathway for renal disease, including lifestyle and clinical risk factors, such as the better control of high blood pressure.

The Dataset will enable the assessment of local variation in outcomes, highlighting the necessity for local healthcare providers to allocate resources according to their population needs.

The NHS Choices website includes a page providing awareness of kidney health, specifically for black and Asian communities. It is available at:

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Kidneyhealth/Pages/BlackandAsiankidneyhealth.aspx

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