To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the level of variation in survival rates for people who have had cardiac arrests between regions in England.
The findings of early research into a new blood test to diagnose heart attack are encouraging, but more research is needed to establish how effective the test is.
Commissioning for Value has produced Cardiovascular Disease Commissioning for Value focus packs. The packs are comprised of national benchmarked data for heart disease and stroke which is used to understand variation across the pathway for each clinical commissioning group in England to help improve cardiovascular disease commissioning. The packs can be found at:
In addition, the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare aims to reduce unwarranted variation to increase value and improve quality and has produced maps on heart disease, which can be found at: