Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

Department of Health written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2017 to Question 63752, on heart diseases: medical treatments, if he will ask NHS England to accelerate the routine commissioning of transcatheter aortic valve implantation as part of the Right Care programme.

Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2017 to Question 63752, on heart diseases: medical treatments, what plans his Department has to engage with (a) patients and (b) industry stakeholders as part of NHS England's consultation on phase two of the new regime for the commissioning of high-cost devices.

Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2017 to Question 63752, on heart diseases: medical treatments, what the timeline is for the publication of the (a) national cardiac review and (b) transcatheter aortic valve implantation pathway.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England has advised that they are in the process of examining the evidence for extending access to transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

In June 2016 it hosted a Clinical Summit to examine the issues relating to aortic valve disease. This reviewed the growth in the use of TAVI, and possible reasons for variation in use.

The outcomes from this summit are now part of the work plan for the Cardiac Services Clinical Reference Group and are being considered within the scope of the specialised cardiac review in 2017/18 . This review will include an analysis of current clinical commissioning policy, the evidence base, and the cost-effectiveness of different interventions; and will inform future commissioning position.

The reasons for the increase in demand and variation are multifactorial, and for this reason, a review of the wider aortic stenosis pathway is the most appropriate approach. The review will include the medical therapy and traditional surgical pathway and will also include specialised centres, secondary care and primary care clinicians.

The review is currently in its scoping phase. The timescales, format and the duration of the associated consultation will be dependent on the agreed scope of the review, which is expected to be finalised in summer 2017. The timelines for reviewing TAVI will be confirmed in line with the timelines for the cardiac review and high cost devices programme.

The approach to phase two of the commissioning of high cost devices is still being finalised but is expected to include engagement with stakeholders from patient groups, industry and industry bodies.

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