Heart Diseases: Primary Health Care

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 28 July 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those most at risk of heart failure have immediate access to primary care services for the (1) diagnosis, and (2) monitoring, of their condition.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Multi-disciplinary teams within Primary Care Networks provide greater access to echocardiography to investigate the symptoms of patients with breathlessness and accelerate the early detection of heart failure and heart valve disease.

We have committed to creating an additional 50 million appointments a year in general practice by increasing and diversifying the primary care workforce. This will improve access for patients, including those at risk from heart failure and ensure staff can provide a range of care options for patients outside of hospital.

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