Push for CVD screening in quality framework

GPs and heart specialists are lobbying MPs to have cardiovascular screening added to the quality framework.

The DoH dropped plans for a national CVD screening programme in June.

Earlier this month, London GP Dr Sarah Jarvis, a representative of the cholesterol charity Heart UK, met Commons Health Select Committee chairman Kevin Barron MP to explain why primary prevention screening should be in the framework. The committee is taking evidence in quality framework changes.

'It is having various meetings to inform it in its decision-making process,' Dr Jarvis told GP.

Heart UK wants the framework to give GPs points for screening over-40s for cardiovascular risk, as recommended in the Joint British Societies (JBS2) guidance.

Dr Jarvis said it was important that the committee understood 'that GPs are in the best place to do primary prevention screening and that it has to be in the quality framework'.

'We're confident there is a sound clinical base,' she said.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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