Questions asked at Scottish Parliament

Questions asked by Ken Macintosh MSP in sessions at the Scottish Parliament

  • To ask the Scottish Government how the (a) treatment, (b) care and (c) life expectancy of patients with heart failure in Scotland compares with the rest of the UK

    Answer from Mr Michael Matheson MSP:
    Scotland has some of the best health service data in the world and on an annual basis produces information on a range of heart conditions in Scotland. There is evidence that life expectancy for people with coronary heart disease, the main cause of heart failure, is increasing year on year in Scotland. Information is not collected centrally to allow statistics on the life expectancy of patients with heart failure to be compared directly with those in the rest of the UK.

    Recent data suggests that the number of people surviving 30 days after hospital discharge with a diagnosis of heart failure is also increasing but there is scope for further improvement. The Scottish Government is prioritising Quality Improvement strategies for heart failure and will continue to work with the Scottish Patient Safety Programme to encourage reliable delivery of the Heart Failure Bundle to advance the treatment, care and life expectancy of people living with heart failure across Scotland.
  • To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the treatment and care of patients with heart failure

    Answer from Mr Michael Matheson MSP:
    The Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care Action Plan emphasises the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling heart disease as a clinical priority for NHS Scotland and specifically highlights the need for a greater strategic focus on improving the care of people with heart failure.

    The Heart Failure Hub has been established as a subgroup of National Advisory Committee on Heart Disease in order to take forward a national programme of work in relation to heart failure. The group brings together clinicians, managers, the voluntary sector and patients to ensure a coordinated approach to tackling the many challenges facing heart failure teams in NHS Boards across Scotland.
  • To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the stated benefits of the National Heart Failure Audit
  • To ask the Scottish Government whether it is participating in the National Heart Failure Audit and its reasons for its position on this matter

    Answer from Mr Michael Matheson MSP:
    Heart disease remains a clinical priority for NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government. There has been substantial investment and redesign in cardiology services which has contributed to NHS Scotland reducing mortality rates from coronary heart disease by over 43% in the last 10 years.

    Scotland is not participating in the National Heart Failure Audit which is being carried out in England and Wales. The Scottish Government’s preferred approach to supporting improved care for patients with heart failure is to work with the Scottish Patient Safety Programme to encourage consistent delivery of the Heart Failure Bundle across the whole of Scotland.