Exclusive: DoH abandons 'ineffective' CVD screening

The national cardiovascular disease (CVD) screening programme for over-40s has been scrapped, says the DoH.

DoH abandons 'ineffective' CVD screening
DoH abandons 'ineffective' CVD screening
he programme was originally mooted for roll-out in England in April 2007. But a DoH spokeswoman told GP it has decided that screening for CVD 'isn't very effective'.

GPs warned that this could leave some patients at risk.

Instead, a risk assessment and management strategy for CHD is being developed to be built into standard practice.

DoH heart disease czar Professor Roger Boyle said: 'We are developing a vascular strategy to look at risk factors that will build on the work that's already been going on, but bringing all cardiovascular diseases together.

'It's key work for primary care and they'll be involved in developing this strategy,' he added.

Rather than screening, the DoH is looking at 'improving public awareness of healthy living', said Professor Boyle.

'That's part and parcel of the process of life checks, which is already being developed across the country.'

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rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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