RCN demands details of 'triple A' screening plans

The RCN has called on ministers to explain in full how plans to expand NHS screening programmes will be funded and staffed.

Dr Peter Carter
Dr Peter Carter

It also warned that the DoH would have ‘work to do’ to ensure that men came forward to take advantage of screening for abdominal aeortic aneurysms (triple A’s).

RCN general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: ‘The RCN welcomes the government’s initiative to tackle triple A by aiming to provide all men with a preventative screening procedure by age 65. This is particularly significant as Triple A currently kills over 3000 men per year.’

But he warned: ‘The fact that a huge number of men do not traditionally make use of such preventative procedures means that there is a pressing need for an education and awareness campaign.’

Dr Carter said the DoH would need to ‘empower and work in partnership with nurses’, to ensure that all men are aware of both the opportunity and the need to be screened for triple A.

‘Ministers also need to detail how they intend to provide sufficient funding and capacity to carry out this screening programme, should it be rolled out nationally,’ he added.


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