Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley made the announcement in a speech at the UK Stroke Forum. A new ‘Outcomes Strategy’ will seek to create a joined up approach across the NHS, public health and social care. It will build on the current strategies and quality standards covering cardiovascular disease.
Professor Peter Weissberg, our Medical Director, said: “Make no mistake; this new strategy is great news for everyone who is involved in the fight against cardiovascular disease. The previous strategy did great things and reduced the number of people dying from heart disease but we need a new approach.
“Heart and circulatory disease is still the UK’s biggest killer and its burden weighs heavily on people living in disadvantaged circumstances and in particular ethnic groups. We hope combating these inequalities will be at the very centre of this new strategy.
“We also need to recognise cardiovascular disease as a long term condition. Helping patients live well with their condition will not only improve their quality of life but also help keep people out of hospital at a time of increased financial pressure on the NHS.”
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